Cops: Man detained after threats against Sanford

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Posted: Mar 03, 2011 7:22 PM
Cops: Man detained after threats against Sanford

Authorities say a 73-year-old man was escorted off a plane at the Charleston airport after crew members said he threatened former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who was seated next to him.

An airport police report says flight attendants on the Delta plane from New York on Wednesday said the man was making verbal threats against Sanford, who drew international attention in 2009 by vanishing for five days and confessing afterward to an affair in Argentina.

Charleston Aviation Authority Police Chief Al Britnell says the man from Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., yelled about having friends in politics and seemed irritated with passengers including Sanford.

Britnell says the man was questioned and released with no charges.

Sanford did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.