Flight Diverted Court

An arrest affidavit says a 36 year old man who allegedly tried to open an emergency door during a United Airlines flight between Chicago and Sacramento, California, told passengers he had a phone inside of him that was a bomb ready to explode.

The plane was diverted to Denver International Airport where it landed safely.

Jose Manuel Pelayo-Ortega made his initial appearance yesterday before U.S. District Judge Michael Watanabe, who appointed a public defender and approved prosecutors' request that he be detained until a court hearing Friday.

He faces a charge of interference with a flight crew.

Pelayo-Ortega was wearing a neck brace and still bruised days after last Friday's incident.

Pelayo-Ortega says that he sees visions.


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