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It probably seemed like a good idea at the time

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A South Florida secretary e-mailed a bomb threat to American Airlines to make sure her boss had time to catch a pre-Thanksgiving flight.

The plane was detained—and so was Claudia De La Rosa after police traced the e-mail back to her work computer.

The flight, originating at Miami International Airport and bound for Honduras, was delayed for hours as passengers, luggage and cargo were unloaded and searched while the bomb squad scoured the plane. They found no explosives.

Meanwhile, Miami police had no trouble tracking down De La Rosa, who admitted she made the threat. She said she had arrived late to work that day, which meant her boss got a late start for the airport.

She told investigators she thought the bomb scare would buy her boss enough time to make his flight.

Turns out it might have bought De La Rosa some time in federal prison. Police arrested her for making a false bomb report, a crime punishable with a prison term of up to 15 years.

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