Transcript for US Fighter Jets Escort Plane Back to Toronto After Apparent Threat
Just hours ago, a police tactical unit stormed a passenger plane after U.S. Fighter jets escorted the plane with 189 onboard to a nearby airport. It has been a scary few months for air travel. And now, ABC's senior justice correspondent, Pierre Thomas, brings us the dramatic new video and the story behind this latest incident. Hands up. Hands up. Reporter: A terrifying moment. A fully-armed S.W.A.T. Team, guns drawn, burst into the cabin of a commercial airliner, looking for a male passenger who claimed he wanted to bomb Canada. It was turned around over west Virginia, by f-16 fighter jets when reports came in of an unruly passenger making threats. Here's air traffic control warning other flights of a potential emergency. There's an aircraft coming in from over the lake. It's going to land runway 33 left. And they have a bomb threat. You might see a pair of F-16s. Reporter: The S.W.A.T. Team was taking no chances, demanding that the suspect raised his hands. The goal to make sure he was not a threat. Unable to detonate any bomb. A passenger described the rant to Canadian television. He said, with great expression, using his hands, I just want to bomb Canada. Reporter: Other passengers were stunned. With it was quite scary. There was a clear point when he appeared to be disturbed. We could hear and see him ripping up newspapers and magazines. Reporter: Police snatched the suspect from the plane and conducted a search. In the aftermath of 9/11, such police action is now common. Get down. Reporter: There's often an overwhelming response to passengers acting suspiciously. Passengers will take action against other passengers, like this man who was taped to his seat. And this wasn't a week to do anything odd on a plane. Not after Malaysia flight 17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, with 298 people onboard. Or after an air Algeria flight with 114 passengers and crew disappeared in Africa. The suspect in the Canadian scare now faces a number of charges, including endangering the safety of an aircraft. He was arrested, even though nothing dangerous was discovered. For "Nightline," Pierre Thomas, ABC news, Washington. Thanks, Pierre, for that report.
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