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DENVER -- A Thornton man accused of making a bomb threat on a Denver-bound Frontier flight made his first appearance in federal court in Denver Tuesday.

Mark Bote, 23, is accused of one count of false information and threats.

Friday evening flight 601 landed at DIA and was searched by federal agents after a report of a bomb on board.

Nick Danneberger was sitting across the aisle from Bote and said he appeared agitated on the flight.

“You could see he was visibly shaken, his hands were shaking, his eyes were really glossy,” said Danneberger.

Citing Bote's arrest affidavit, United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, John F Walsh said when he took his seat, Bote kept his backpack on. A flight attendant asked that he remove it. He put it under the seat in front of him, but would not let completely go of it, Walsh said.

According to his arrest affidavit, Bote slept most of the flight and awoke suddenly saying "Help me. Help me."

The flight attendant asked Bote what was wrong, and he replied "There's a bomb. There's a bomb," Danneberger said.

Court documents claim Bote has struggled with a mental handicap since birth.

He claims he didn’t threaten anyone with a bomb, but thought he’d been targeted with one.

Bote later told the FBI , “Somebody on the plane was following and stalking him," the affidavit said.

Bote's family had nothing to say when they left court this afternoon.

If convicted of false information and threats, he faces up to 5 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

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