Key West – An intoxicated Texas man called in a bomb threat about a Miami-bound flight after having a fight with his wife just before boarding.
32 year old Darren Tonner had been drinking and reportedly got into an argument with his wife just before their flight left the Key West airport shortly after 7 p.m. Monday. According to reports by Deputy Tomas Venegas, Tonner decided he wanted to take another flight so he stayed behind while his wife boarded the plane.
The deputy was escorting Tonner through the airport to get his luggage. As they were walking, Deputy Venegas was informed over his police radio that a bomb threat had been called in to Key West Police dispatchers. The caller, later identified as Tonner, said “There’s a flight between Key West and Miami and someone on board has Explosive Ordinance.” He then hung up his phone and didn’t answer when the dispatcher tried to call him back.
Tonner claimed, during an interview, that the phone was in his back pocket and was misdialed. He said he was in the airport bar having a conversation with someone at the time and they were talking about explosives.
Tonner was charged with misuse of the 911 system and making a false bomb threat. Miami-Dade Police met the airplane in Miami to interview Tonner’s wife when she got off the plane; the Federal Bureau of Investigation was also notified and will be sending an agent today to speak with Tonner about his actions.