Delta passenger accused of threatening seatmate

AP News
Posted: Sep 20, 2011 11:50 PM
Delta passenger accused of threatening seatmate

A Salt Lake City man faces federal felony charges after authorities say he threatened a seatmate on a Las Vegas-bound flight.

The Deseret News ( reports 60-year-old David Alan Anderson was charged Tuesday with having a dangerous weapon on an aircraft and retaliation against a federal law enforcement officer by threat of murder.

Court documents allege that before his Delta flight's scheduled departure Sunday, Anderson elbowed the passenger next to him to "claim" an armrest, then placed his foot on the person's leg, prompting the seatmate to tell Anderson to move over.

The complaint says Anderson threatened the passenger saying, "If I have a knife, I would slit your throat."

The complaint says responding officers found a knife in Anderson's bag. After his arrest, the complaint says, he threatened police and FBI agents.