Tue, Dec 26, 2006
Man Arrested After Allegedly Threatening Pax Safety
A US Airways Express flight from New York to Portland, ME was
delayed over two hours Sunday, after a male passenger's note raised
the flight crew's suspicions.
A female passenger passed a note the man had given her to a
flight attendant, who then alerted pilots, as the flight was
taxiing for takeoff from LaGuardia.
"He said he had AIDS, and the shedding of his blood and all our
blood would cure all sickness," said passenger Tammy Budek to the
Portland Press Herald. She added the note suggested "he was Jesus
and it was time for everybody to die."
The plane hurried back to the terminal, where the notewriter,
believed to be in his mid-30s, was arrested at gunpoint. He was
taken to an area hospital for observation. As a precautionary
measure, the regional jet was then swept by bomb-sniffing dogs.
The flight with 45 passengers onboard -- including former Maine
governor Angus King -- took off about two hours later, arriving in
Portland at 4:30 pm.
King said the incident "wasn't a big deal," though other
passengers related stories of panicked phone calls and fears upon
seeing guns drawn onboard the plane.
New York/New Jersey Port Authority spokesman Alan Hicks said it
was unlikely that the man would be charged with a crime.
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