June 25, 2008

Osama ‘Associate’ Jailed Over Jet Bomb Threat

Aiden Simon Mackle (44) from Portadown was sentenced at the District Court in Bangor, Maine, for interference with a flight crew and assault.

The March incident saw the Delta 767 airliner from Atlanta diverted to Bangor International Airport.

Mackle had become unruly and claimed he was associated with Osama bin Laden.

He had been on his way home after visiting family and friends in California.

According to court documents, Mackle had been drinking on the plane and smoked a cigarette in the toilets.

According to court documents, when challenged, Mackle became verbally abusive to a flight attendant, telling her he was associated with Osama bin Laden and was going to hijack the plane.

Mackle also punched an off-duty Delta employee and told airline employees that he was a terrorist.

With time already served in jail he is likely to be released and deported within six weeks.

He was also ordered to undergo two years of supervised release and was told to make a total of $20,030 restitution to Delta Airlines.

The court also ordered him to pay a special assessment of $110, which goes to the victims of crime.

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