Teen wasn't going to bomb plane, docs

The Edmonton International Airport is pictured in this file photo.

The Edmonton International Airport is pictured in this file photo.

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 AM ET

EDMONTON — An 18-year-old from Spruce Grove, Alta., had no intention to blow up a plane with the pipe bomb screeners found in his carry-on luggage at Edmonton International Airport, according to court documents.

That's why they took it away and let him board the flight in September.

Skylar Vincent Murphy, 18, was charged with being in possession of an explosive substance when he returned to Edmonton a week later.

News of the incident has sparked concerns about the state of security at Canadian airports.

After being called out by Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority said Thursday the body has since taken the appropriate measures.

CATSA wouldn't disclose the details of the conversation but said it understands the minister's "concern and direction" and completed a "full review" of the incident.

"Corrective actions have been taken. We want to assure the travelling public that we have taken steps to ensure that it does not occur again," CATSA spokesperson Mathieu Larocque said. "There were disciplinary measures for the personnel that was involved as well as additional training. Screening officers across the country also received more information and the training material was updated."

According to court documents from Murphy's sentencing in December, screeners seized a five-and-a-half inch metal pipe with a fuse at one end that measured more than nine feet. The pipe was filled with black powder that Murphy admitted he swiped from his mother's fiance's bullet collection.

He bought all the other parts at a hardware store.

Murphy also said in court that he and a friend built the pipe bomb and planned to blow up a shed. He planned to photograph the explosion, which is why he had the bomb inside his camera bag, which was inside his carry-on bag. "He emphatically denied that his intent was to cause damage to the airport or any aircraft," the Crown said.

Murphy received a $100 fine, one year probation and a stern warning from Judge Marilyn White.

"I have to say, forgetting a pipe bomb is something bigger than a pair of scissors for your nails," White said. "If the authorities had missed that pipe bomb and you had gone, in Mexico, through a screening device, you would not even get a trial. You would be in a Mexican jail ... I doubt you would have survived."

- with files from Mark Dunn, Pamela Roth


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