An Israeli-American man pleaded guilty to calling in a bomb threat to the Long Beach Airport after he arrived too late to board his flight, authorities said.
Yechezkel Wells, 21, of Miami Beach, California, entered his plea in US District Court to a felony count of conveying false information of a threat targeting an airplane. Wells, who remains free on bond, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 29. He faces probation to five years in prison.
Wells, a college student with dual citizenship in the US and Israel, was arrested Aug. 26 shortly after he made an emergency call from a pay phone and said there was a bomb on a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In his plea agreement, Wells acknowledged he made the call to try to keep the plane from leaving.
Court documents said Wells did not have a bomb and was upset that an airline employee would not allow him to board because of federal rules that require airlines to close a flight 30 minutes before takeoff.