Flight From Newark Diverted Over Threatening Cellphone Messages

Friday, Jul 11, 2014  |  Updated 6:47 AM EDT
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Flight From Newark Diverted Over Cellphone "Threats"

Ann Clark

An American Airlines flight bound for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was diverted to St. Louis due to a disruptive passenger.

An American Airlines flight from Newark to Dallas was forced to land in St. Louis Thursday night after a man made threatening messages on his cellphone, according to published reports.

American Airlines flight 1691 was diverted after another passenger saw the man writing the messages on his phone and told flight attendants, a spokesman for the airport in St. Louis told NBC affiliate KSDK NewsChannel 5.

The spokesman said that the person was led off the plane in handcuffs after the landing, and was questioned by police. 

The flight took off about an hour later for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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