Man charged in Pearson airport security incident to be granted bail

Man charged in Pearson airport security incident to be granted bail

A U.S. man charged with mischief after a security incident at Pearson airport yesterday will be released from custody once a family member travels to Toronto to post $5,000 bail.

Joseph Galaska, 58, was charged yesterday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found an object they described as a "mock improvised explosive device" in the suitcase of a passenger scheduled for a 7 a.m. departure on United Airlines flight 547 from Toronto to Chicago. 

The discovery of the object during a pre-flight security check caused an hours-long delay as passengers were bused to an "isolation area" where they went through security a second time. 

Both U.S. customs officials and Peel Regional Police said there was no threat to passengers. The device tested negative for explosives, but the incident forced the flight to depart hours late. 

Galaska appeared in court Friday handcuffed and wearing a leather jacket and a plaid shirt. 

As a condition of his bail, he cannot possess weapons or any explosive substances. 

His next scheduled court appearance is April 24.