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November 28, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Authorities are investigating the background of a man who allegedly ranted that an airliner would blow up, or that he would blow it up – forcing the plane to return to the gate before take-off.

The incident occurred aboard a Southwest Airlines flight departing from Oakland International Airport on one of the busiest weeks for travel in the US.

Authorities arrested 32-year-old Arpan Shah, of Maryland, after Southwest Flight 5135 turned back from its take-off, the East Bay Times reported. Shah was arrested on suspicion of making felony criminal threats, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said. Federal charges are pending.

Ranting about blowing up a plane while aboard one was “like somebody yelling fire in a crowded movie theatre,” a police officer investigating the case commented.

The incident forced passengers to depart the plane and go back through security screening. Explosive-sniffing dogs were deployed and a bomb squad checked all compartments of the aircraft.

Nothing was found and the flight eventually left for Baltimore three hours after its scheduled departure.

Written by Peter Needham

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