Frontier bomb suspect charged with false information and threats

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Frontier Flight 601 passenger Nick Danneberger says this man was restrained by flight attendants aboard a flight from Knoxville, Tenn. to Denver after claiming he had a bomb on June 14, 2013. (Photo: Nick Danneberger)

By Greg Ellison

DENVER — A court appearance has been scheduled for a man who caused an uproar on a Frontier Airlines flight last Friday.

The yet-to-be-identified suspect was charged Monday morning in federal court with one count of false information and threats.

The man’s name and details of the crime will be made public after a 2 p.m. hearing in front of Judge Craig B. Shaffer. The initial appearance will take place at the federal courthouse in Denver.

Tense moments ensued Friday night for passengers on Frontier Flight 601 traveling from Knoxville, Tenn. to Denver after the man in question was heard saying he had a bomb.

“We were probably only 30 minutes from Denver and the guy sitting across the hall from me told the flight attendant that he had a bomb in his backpack,” passenger Nick Danneberger said.

The flight crew immediately took action, taking the man’s backpack away from him, according to Danneberger

“They took other bags and put them around the backpack to kind of insulate it, and the flight attendants just tried to make sure we kept it in one spot,” he said.

The flight crew then rearranged the airplane and moved passengers away from the man.

The aircraft landed safely around 7:30 p.m. and was immediately taken to a remote area at DIA for police and FBI to investigate. FBI agents immediately took the man into custody. The investigation is ongoing.

There is still no word on whether the FBI found a bomb inside his backpack.

The 136 passengers on the flight and five crew members deplaned safely, and were taken to the airport fire station for questioning.

Passengers said they are thankful that the flight crew was able to keep everyone calm and land the plane safely at the same time.

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