Man charged with false threat about flight leaving Chicago

CHICAGO — Authorities say a man has been charged with making a false bomb threat after telling a fellow passenger on a plane preparing to depart Chicago that it was going to explode.

Court documents say 28-year-old Michael Bielinski of Chicago told a woman sitting next to him “we’re all going to die” Friday evening as the American Airlines flight was getting ready to leave O’Hare International Airport for Sacramento, California.

(Photo: 28-year-old Michael Bielinski

Prosecutors say the woman reported Bielinski smelled of gasoline and took out a pipe containing liquid that turned out to be an electronic cigarette.

The plane returned to the gate and Bielinski was arrested. He was charged Sunday and ordered held on $5,000 bail.

A public defender says Bielinski has hired a private attorney, but the lawyer wasn’t at court Sunday.