A man on his way home to Texas to celebrate his 29th birthday didn't quite get the gift he'd hoped for.
The man was taken off a plane in handcuffs -- twice -- all because of what appears to be a practical joke brought on by a relationship breakup.
The ordeal began at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. Police received a tip that a male passenger on board a flight from Philadelphia to Texas had liquid explosives.
The suspect was identified as Christopher Shell. Authorities ordered Shell's flight to turn around and come back to Philadelphia.
There, passengers were met by a swarm of FBI agents and tactical teams.
"I could see the guy's rifle coming up along the side of my face, and about that time he did an abrupt 90 degree turn, right at the guy sitting next to me," passenger Steve McNeal recalled.
Shell was escorted off the plane at gunpoint, but after an exhaustive search authorities found no evidence of a bomb.
"At this time all indications are that this was a hoax, and a pretty nasty trick was played on a passenger," said Joseph Sullivan, chief inspector for the Philadelphia Police Department.
ABC News sources said Shell's ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend made the story up.
Authorities are still investigating the issue and say they're taking the hoax seriously.
"Look at the resources that were expended, and the delays to the passengers," FBI Assistant Special Agent for National Security Richard Quinn explained. "Obviously, there would be severe charges."
Shell was released and allowed to continue his trip to Texas. But only hours after being falsely accused of carrying explosives, he was arrested again when he arrived in Dallas.
Police found that the birthday guy was wanted on outstanding warrants.