Delta Air Lines Flight Delayed and Passenger Arrested Due to Terroristic Threats in Austin

by Anthony Losanno
Briefcase Bomb

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A passenger onboard Delta Air Lines flight DL1071 found out on January 9th why there are some words you should never utter on a plane. After telling a flight attendant that his bag held “money, a bomb, or a gun,” the flight was delayed and he was arrested.


59-year-old Charles Kent Kubie was arrested for making a terroristic threat at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) while he was onboard his flight to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). He was asked to move his briefcase when he made the odd comment about its potential contents. The flight attendant spoke to the captain and both became concerned. Police and explosives detection dogs were called to investigate.

Delta released the following statement:

After an initial delay due to severe weather, Delta flight 1071 became further delayed by a customer disturbance that necessitated the involvement of local law enforcement. We apologize to our customers for the delay in their travels.”

Delta 1071

The delay ended up being almost nine-hours long, which likely caused a ripple of delays and cancellations that the Airbus A321 was supposed to fly.

Anthony’s Take: People do stupid things. You should never say words like “gun” or “bomb” on a plane even if you’re joking or being sarcastic. The flight crew handled this situation well.

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