April 22, 2006 - Posted at 1:32 p.m. CST
DENVER (AP) _ Travelers aboard a United Airlines jet diverted to
Denver are thankful for quick action that thwarted a passenger who
claimed to have a bomb.
Three Secret Service agents on board the plane and other
passengers ended up having to overpower the man, who allegedly
tried to open a door while in flight.
As a passenger from California put it: if he'd ``opened the
door, we'd all be dead.'' The Chicago-bound Airbus had 138
passengers and six crew members aboard.
Another witness described the scene as more of a bar fight. He
said he saw the passenger tackled and put into a chokehold.
Air Force jets were scrambled to intercept the plane, which then
landed in Denver. No injuries were reported, and the plane
continued on to its destination.
The passenger, identified as Jose Manuel Pelayo-Ortega, is in
custody will face a court hearing on Monday.