BANGOR (AP) – A 44-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been sentenced to 116 days in jail for threatening to hijack an Ireland-bound jetliner on which he was passenger.

Aiden Simon Mackle of Portadown was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court on charges of assault and interference with a flight crew. The sentence amounted to the time he has served since his arrest in March.

Mackle became unruly while drinking on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Dublin, Ireland. When a flight attendant confronted him after he smoked a cigarette in the restroom, he said he was associated with Osama bin Laden and was going to hijack the plane.

According to court documents, he also punched an off-duty Delta employee and said he was a terrorist. The pilot diverted the plane with 185 passengers to Bangor International Airport.

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