Ky. Man Behind Flight Scare

He screamed he had a bomb, terrifying dozens aboard a packed plane, as it landed in Los Angeles.

Federal agents took the Kentucky man into custody after the incident but now say he will not face charges.

Police say a northern Kentucky man scared other passengers on board an airplane flying from Brazil to LA.

The man police arrested is 45-year-old Lawrence Johnson of Ft. Mitchell.

Bruce Warrilow, another passenger, is responsible for ensuring Johnson's erratic behavior didn't go any further then a horrifying threat.

"(He was) flying down the aisle and the flight attendant was was obvious it was a very serious situation," Warrilow said.

Warrilow says Johnson screamed that he had a bomb and then started heading for the exit.

"I got between him and the door and we went down together," he said.

Johnson was escorted off the plane by FBI agents after it landed in LA.

No bomb was found on board and the latest reports out of Los Angeles are that Johnson will not be charged by the FBI.

He will instead undergo a psychological evaluation.

Passengers say the plane was only a few minutes from landing when Johnson made the false bomb threat. None of the 271 passengers on board was hurt.

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  • by Jenny Location: Lex on Jan 10, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    To Jon: who gives a rat's behind about Dwight Yoakam?
  • by Jon Location: Ky on Jan 10, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    To you MIKE, you would never hear Dwight Yoakam say that about Kentucky people.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Jan 9, 2009 at 09:16 AM
    To RCC: Mike's comment and the bomb scare on the plane has nothing to do with Iraq. Just how stupid are you? You really need to get your head out of the sand. Bomb scares and hijacking were around before the events of 9-11. You really need to lighten up. Looks like Mike is an Air Force veteran so I highly doubt he would say anything to demean the troops. Mike's comment was entertaining and if you don't find it as that, YOU are the one with the problem. Put some steeltoe shoes on if you feel your toes are getting stepped on.
  • by RCC Location: KY on Jan 9, 2009 at 08:46 AM
  • by c.c Location: mountains on Jan 9, 2009 at 07:45 AM
  • by Mike Location: Lexington on Jan 9, 2009 at 06:12 AM
    Nope Bryan, 22 years in the Air Force and I've never been on a plane...duh! Not only been on them but have jumped from them quite a few times during rescue operations. Do you see anywhere where I called this guy a redneck, inbred, poor, uneducated, backwards or anything like that? It's funny what people read that is not even there! Everyone else, thanks for appreciating the humor and realizing I was not insulting the person involved. I've always been told that if you can't find humor in things you see or do, you aren't living life. I understand people are entitled to their opinions, but my gosh, don't make it sound worse than what I wrote Bryan and RCC. Now, if I wanted to get to your level I could ask if RCC stands for Really Childish Commentor, but I won't stoop that low...LOL!
  • by Allison Location: KY on Jan 9, 2009 at 06:01 AM
    For RCC: Saying you have a bomb on a plane is always bad; not just since 9-11. Lighten up. For Bryan: Lighten up. Political Correctness will make everyone a sour puss with no sense of humor. I'm glad Mike can see the humor in it. I don't see where he was really insulting anyone. David Letterman, Jay Leno and others make fun of people everyday yet you probably tune in and watch them everyday and say how funny they are. If anyone is pathetic it is someone who can find a way to smile at anything. Hey Bryan, who the heck said anything about poor people and KY not being a nice place to live? Talk about reading way too much into a comment. Mike - keep up the good work; that made my Friday!
  • by Jeb Location: Ky on Jan 9, 2009 at 05:55 AM
    I'm just a good ole boy from KY and I found Mike's comments hilarious. This is for Bryan: I don't see where Mike said anything about poor people. What the heck are you reading? He didn't say he thinks badly of people; actually his comedic portrayal of what happened is much better than what actually happened. Lighten up Bryan and RCC. A bit of humor can brighten everyone's day.
  • by Mike Location: Lexington on Jan 9, 2009 at 04:46 AM
    Note to RCC: Get a sense of humor or you'll go to an early grave being a worry wart. Lighten up guy and try smiling for a change. Maybe, just maybe, someone will smile back at you.
  • by kathy Location: morehead on Jan 8, 2009 at 07:44 PM
    That gives people from ky a bad name.
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