DENVER (CBS4) – A 23-year-old Colorado man who was part of a church group is facing federal charges of false information and threats after expressing concern about a bomb on a Frontier Airlines flight on Friday.
The suspect, who police identified as Mark Michael Bote, of Thornton, was on Frontier flight 601 from Knoxville, Tenn., to Denver. He is accused of expressing concern to a flight attendant about a bomb being in a backpack.
When the plane landed the aircraft was taken to a remote area of the airport and was searched for several hours. No bomb was found.
Passengers took pictures and video of the incident. Several said the man was acting very nervously and could be heard saying there was a bomb in his backpack.
One passenger, Nick Danneberger took several pictures and video and released them before traveling to Utah.
He said the crew took the backpack from the man, removed it to the back of the plane and insulated it with people’s bags and seat cushions.
The suspect was set to appear in federal court in Denver Monday afternoon to be advised of the charges he faces but the hearing was delayed to Tuesday.