This is one of those stories that have few details and could be huge or not that bad depending on how those details turn out.
A North Carolina air traffic controller with access to a control tower was arrested Friday for possessing, transporting and acquiring a weapon of mass destruction, police said.
Paul George Dandan, 30, was booked along with his roommate, Derrick Fells, in Charlotte, local reports said.
The arrests arose out of an investigation into a Nov. 3 call to police concerning an individual with an explosive, according to WCNC in Charlotte.
Police said that Fells admitted building a pipe bomb to use against a neighbor, but later decided to give the explosive device to Dandan instead, WCNC and other local outlets reported.
The Federal Aviation Administration immediately fired Dandan after his arrest and revoked his access to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
A pipe bomb is bad, but a pipe bomb in the hands of an air traffic controller could be very bad. Thank goodness the authorities caught him, but it could have been something innocuous and there’s not enough detail to know either way – we’ll update if the information is released.