Arrest made in UK after 2015 threats to US-based flights

Apr 20, 2017

Federal authorities say a person accused of making online threats against U.S.-based flights in January 2015 has been arrested in the United Kingdom

ATLANTA — Federal authorities say a person accused of making online threats against U.S.-based flights in January 2015 has been arrested in the United Kingdom.

FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett in Atlanta said in an email Thursday that a joint investigation by the FBI and authorities in the U.K. resulted in an arrest April 13.

Emmett said that as a result of the threats made via social media, military jets escorted the planes to Atlanta's airport. A police bomb squad and the FBI searched the planes but found nothing threatening.

Since the arrest happened overseas and charges were filed in the U.K., Emmett said the FBI would not release any other information.

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