Man on Turkish Airlines flight accused of making hoax bomb threat at MIA

Erdem Uckun, 41, arrested Wednesday at Miami International Airport


MIAMI – A man was arrested Wednesday at Miami International Airport after he made a hoax bomb threat on a Turkish Airlines flight that was about to take off to Istanbul, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, several flight attendants noticed that Erdem Uckun, 41, was acting nervous and impatient.

The flight attendants told officers that they asked Uckun to sit down, but he refused and requested something to drink.

The flight crew said they told him to go back to his seat and said they would help him as soon as possible.

When the cabin supervisor approached Uckun, the passenger said, "I have a bomb and you can search me," the report said.

The cabin supervisor called gate agents, who contacted police.

Police detained Uckun, who told officers that the bomb threat was a joke, the report said.

Uckun, who is from Turkey, was arrested on a charge of making a hoax bomb threat. He remains in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on an immigration hold.

An airport representative said the flight was scheduled to depart at 10:45 p.m., but it was delayed until 12:11 a.m. after Uckun was removed from the plane.

About the Author: