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FBI Alleges Flight Attendant's Hoax Led to Emergency Landing

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | September 15, 2015

FBI Alleges Flight Attendant's Hoax Led to Emergency Landing

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A flight attendant is in hot water in wake of an alleged hoax that led to an emergency landing at North Dakota's Dickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport last week, the Associated Press reported.

The FBI has alleged that the flight attendant, identified as Justin Cox-Sever via recently unsealed court documents, lied about a suspicious package aboard a Delta Air Lines flight traveling from Minneapolis on Sept. 9.

When the flight arrived at Dickinson Airport, located 100 miles west of North Dakota's capital in Bismarck, the airport was temporarily shut down as a result of the perceived threat.

The complaint filed against Cox-Sever charges him with "interfering with the operation of an aircraft and communicating false information," per the AP.

An FBI affidavit obtained by the AP asserts that Cox-Sever admitted to first stuffing a bag full of towels and then reporting it as a suspicious package. The document also said that Cox-Sever claimed that beeping noises were coming from the bag, presumably in an effort to lead officials to believe the package contained a bomb. 

The allegations were revealed in U.S. District Court in Bismarck Monday, and Cox-Sever is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

SkyWest Airlines, which operated the flight, told the AP that Cox-Sever has since been placed on administrative leave. His status with the airline is pending a police investigation into the incident. 

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