Man arrested after terrorist threat on plane
FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities have arrested a man after he made a terrorist comment inside a plane heading to South Florida.
Spirit Airlines flight 197 arrived safe at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Monday afternoon from New York's LaGuardia Airport after several hours of being delayed.
According to officials, a 30-year-old male passenger is accused of making a terrorist threat while on his cell phone before the plane took off.
Passenger Paul Gordon saw the ordeal. "Well, he was sitting across from me, and he was on his phone talking to someone. The guy next to him overheard him saying something, and I don't know what he said, but what he said was probably felt like something he needed to call the cops for," said Gordon. "So he called the cops, and they came on the plane. The guy didn't even know what was going on. When the cops came to him he was like, 'What's going on? Why are you arresting me?'"
The FLL plane, bound with 143 passengers, had to wait for several hours while the luggage compartment was being searched by officials.
"I just saw him being escorted in handcuffs. He seemed a bit scared, wishing he hadn't done that," said David Punda.
NYC police have charged the man with making terrorist threats and falsely reporting the incident.
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