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Air force veteran in custody in mid-air bomb scare


BANGOR, MAINE (WKOW) -- It was a mid-air bomb scare on a Delta flight from Paris to Atlanta. An air force veteran is in custody this morning, blamed for making a frightening claim that forced officials to divert the flight to Bangor, Maine.

Delta Flight 273 landed more than a thousand miles short of its destination.

The man in custody is Derek Stansberry, 26, who is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Officials say Stansberry passed a note to a flight attendant. A team of federal air marshals approached Stansberry who they say told them he had explosives in his bag and a fake passport.

The air marshals brought his bag and shoes to the back of the plane and built a barrier of pillows and blankets to buffer any possible explosion.

After the plane landed, investigators didn't find any explosives and Stansberry's passport was not fake.

Officials say Stansberry told them he had taken valium and other pills before the flight.

The roughly 230 passengers spent Tuesday night in Maine before heading to Atlanta this morning.

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