Chicago woman allegedly makes false bomb threat at Florida airport after arriving late to her flight

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Passengers on a flight out of Fort Lauderdale this week had to be evacuated after a woman allegedly made a false bomb threat when she arrived too late to catch the plane. 

Marina Verbitsky, 46, arrived with her husband and child at the gate late for the family’s flight out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday night. 

“She became very angry because they were not allowed to board the plane,” a Broward County sheriff’s deputy wrote in an arrest report obtained by Fox News. “She was using profanities toward the employees and when she was notified the plane was taxiing to the runway with her checked luggage, she stated there was a bomb in her luggage.”

The plane, which was already on the runway, had to be rerouted and all the passengers were evacuated so that the Broward Sheriff’s Office threat management unit could inspect the plane. 

Marina Verbitsky, 46, is accused of telling airport employees a bomb was in her checked luggage after arriving at her gate too late to board the plane. 
(Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies determined that the threat was unfounded after an inspection. 

Verbitsky is facing one count of false reporting concerning planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction. 


It’s the second bomb threat that Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has dealt with in just three months, as two terminals and entry to the airport had to be shut down after a bomb scare on the morning of July 10. 

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