BANGOR (AP) – A passenger accused of threatening to blow up a jetliner bound for Dublin, Ireland, was returned to jail after an initial court appearance Monday.

Aiden Simon Mackle of Portadown, Northern Ireland, is accused of telling Delta Air Lines employees that he was a terrorist after drinking and becoming unruly on a flight from Atlanta. It was diverted to Bangor International Airport early Saturday.

Court documents indicate Mackle punched an off-duty Delta employee and made threats about either hijacking or destroying the airplane.

Mackle, 44, will remain in jail pending a detention hearing Wednesday in federal court. He’s charged with assault and interfering with a flight crew.


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