October 31st, 2010
01:30 AM ET

Man arrested in Denver airport bomb scare

Authorities arrested a man at Denver International Airport after he said there was a bomb in his luggage, a United Airlines spokesman said.

The man was angry because he missed a connecting flight from Denver, Colorado, to Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday, but his luggage was still on the plane, United Airlines spokesman Rahsaan Johnson told CNN.

"He was disruptive in the gate area and made inappropriate comments," Johnson said.

At that point the plane, which was still taxiing at the airport, was brought back to the gate, and airline employees removed the man's bag from the plane, Johnson said. The flight was delayed for an hour as authorities investigated.

The man is being charged with interfering with public transportation and will be taken to the Denver jail, according to Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson.

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  1. James

    I hate to say it, but we will welcome ALL measures taken by the TSA when one of those passenger planes with 300 plus people explodes over a downtown major city in broad daylight! Face it people, the glory days of flying are OVER!

    October 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle T. Rolling


      We aren't welcoming it even after 9/11.

      So what does that tell you? You have no clue. The American people don't want to trade freedom for safety. Eat your own words, captain obvious.

      October 31, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ChrisC

    This is all very interesting and as a Corporate Travel Agent having to do part of the duty of TSA in being sure full name and DOB is in the itinerary prior to ticketing and how many passengers are offended when I have to ask for personal information
    and respond with wise cracks about – do you need my shoe size too? This is all for your own safety people. And one day when traveling recently after 9-11 attacks I was personaly traveling through Newark = EWR Airport with my husband and then 2 year old daughter. He was in front of me placed his small items in a bin and gave it to TSA to check from his pockets...
    including a small silver pocket knife... which was handed back to him and then my bag searched while I am lugging my little girl in my arms – they remove 2 / 4 ounce juice boxes and say that they are over the limit of 3 oz. to carry on liquids. Clearly
    this was needed for my daughter traveling 3,000 miles trip across the country. Well I was told I had to purchase juice after
    security point. I did not make a fuss, I understood... however I was amazed that my hubby got through with a knife.
    Not sure how dangerous two closed 4 oz. juice boxes can be, but apparently they were. what happened to no
    sharp objects on that day? Did TSA actually believe it to be something else? Are they not trained in this sort of thing properly?
    Totally baffled here. Thanks for listening and enjoy your air travel folks.

    October 31, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle T. Rolling

      You understood?

      Typical timid sheep.

      October 31, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Woody

    It is a bad idea to do something like this but it is a bad idea to have made passengers angry in the first place and it seems airlines today are trying their best to be sure if you were not angry before the flight you will be made angry before the day is done. Airlines have now become the bully. My only question is why ?

    October 31, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Reader

    luggage on the plane without the passenger? Did United breach protocol? After the air india flight 182 incident, all flight cannot take flight having a luggage onboard with the passenger.

    October 31, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |

    this is getting stressing...

    October 31, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeremy j.... HANSEN "with an e-n"

    imagine if the religious freaks used buses to carry out their prophecy... if a pack of them commandeered transit buses and they all crashed into a "valued target" all at the same time... geeze.. just imagine all the security the bosses would roll out to protect their flock for the daily grind... wait! no. taxi cabs!!... we would need background checks and pat downs just to ride our bikes on the side walks... just imagine all the good government jobs they could hand out to their supporters.. it could go on forever... they might even come out with scary taxi cab toys for the kids.. then the bosses and their red puppets will rule the 401k

    October 31, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    All of this airline security bantering is funny. Anyone with a brain can easily see how "terrorists" could poison our unguarded water supplies and aquaducts if they really wanted to kill US. Poisoning your enemies water supply is the oldest and most commonly used war tactic. so why haven't "the terrorists" poisoned our water?

    October 31, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. regular water drinker

    Why haven't "the terrorists" poisoned our water?

    October 31, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mayo211

    I am so glad i am one of the few people in this country who can say they have NEVER flown. I have been to various states driving though and it may be a a little weird to have been through Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and New Mexico via car, i would still enjoy the road trip more than dealing with the joke that is our country's airports. Some one said earlier in this thread that bin Laden won...they are so right. He is still laughing his ass off over how paranoid he has made us. The idea was to make us change our way of live. He has accomplished that. He has proven that he doesn't have to bomb us every other week to make us change...just keep us frightened enough that he might.

    October 31, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |

    Let's see......it goes, "Our rights and freedoms are being taken away!!! Therefore, disband the military, do away with the security systems, "if you think these things are necessary, then you are not an American". I've read about remarks like this in the paper but never have I heard them spoken ( written) by persons themselves. This is a world of various opinions, a country of free speech (applause) but the willingness to allow dangerous behaviors to prosper simply because we put "freedoms" ahead of the common good is the speech of fools.

    October 31, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    @Kyle "T" Rolling...if that's your real name. You seem to think that the TSA is it's own airline. How did you figure this out?

    October 31, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robin Bush

    he should be put in jail for life, what a loser.....

    November 1, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. M.

    Yes, the man was wrong and couldn't deal with his frustration. And yes, he's rotting in jail right now and I think he learned his lesson. I doubt he will ever do that again.

    November 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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