Man due in court over alleged threat that forced Sunwing flight back to Toronto

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TORONTO - A 25-year-old man charged in connection with what authorities allege was a security incident on a flight from Toronto to Panama City is due in court today for a bail hearing.

Sunwing Airlines says its plane turned around about 45 minutes into the flight Friday morning after a passenger allegedly made a "direct threat" to the aircraft.

Two fighter jets from NORAD were dispatched to escort the flight, carrying 183 passengers and a crew of six, back to Toronto's Pearson airport.

Cellphone video footage from passengers on board that was broadcast on several television networks showed heavily armed SWAT team officers storming aboard the plane to arrest the passenger.

After several hours' delay the Sunwing flight took off again for Panama.

Ali Shahi is charged with uttering threats and endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Organizations: NORAD

Geographic location: Toronto, Panama City

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  • Tammy macdonald
    July 26, 2014 - 10:05

    Idiot. Its good the threat was taken seriously, especially with all the airplane news lately.