Plane passenger busted in Orlando after passing threatening note

Associated Press, June 05, 2003 - 04:43 PM

An airline passenger who allegedly threatened to hijack the plane was arrested Thursday after the plane landed without incident at Orlando International Airport.

During the Comair 5563 flight from Greensboro, N.C., a woman passed a note to a flight attendant that "caused some concern," said Carolyn Fennell, spokeswoman for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

When the plane landed at 2:42 p.m. EDT, it was sent to a remote part of the airport and boarded by federal authorities, who arrested the woman. Her name was not immediately released.

"Her mental stability is in question at this time," said Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Lauren Stover.

The plane, which carried 42 passengers and three crew members, then continued to its gate without further incident. There, authorities questioned the passengers and crew, and searched the plane.

Comair is a regional carrier for Delta Air Lines.