Chicago woman falsely claimed bomb was on plane after missing flight: authorities

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A woman from Chicago falsely claimed a bomb was on a plane after she missed her flight in Florida, according to police.

46-year-old Marina Verbitsky was arrested Monday night at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and charged with falsely reporting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction.

Police said the woman allegedly said a bomb was in her checked-in luggage after being told by airline employees that she was too late to board her flight. The plane was already taxiing out to the runway.

Passengers were evacuated and the plane was searched.

According to officials, no explosives were found.

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