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In second time this week, Israeli charged in Canada after flight grounded

54-year-old man’s ‘threatening message’ prompts United Airlines flight to make unscheduled landing in Vancouver

Illustrative: A United Airlines Boeing 777 taking off, October 16, 2004. (Wikipedia/Solitude/CC BY-SA 2.0)
Illustrative: A United Airlines Boeing 777 taking off, October 16, 2004. (Wikipedia/Solitude/CC BY-SA 2.0)

A 54-year-old Israeli man was charged with threatening passengers and damaging airline property by Canadian police Monday, two days after his behavior forced a United Airlines flight to make an unscheduled stop in Vancouver.

The unnamed suspect, an Israeli national living in New York City, according to Channel 2, remained in police custody after his arrest on Saturday.

Flight 1104 from Anchorage, Alaska to Denver was diverted to Vancouver after a “threatening message” was found aboard the aircraft, an airline spokesperson said.

“Specifics about the exact nature of the security concern are under investigation but we can confirm this appears to be an isolated incident in which security protocols were enacted,” police told the Toronto Sun at the time.

A 35-year-old Israeli man was also scheduled Monday to appear before the provincial court in St. John’s, Newfoundland, after his unruly behavior caused an Austrian Airlines flight from Vienna to New York to divert to Canada.

CBC News reported the man, who was not named in media reports, was charged with causing a disturbance, uttering threats and violating the Aeronautics Act — the Canadian law governing civil aviation.

Police say they were called to St. John’s International Airport after the plane landed Sunday.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers removed the passenger from the plane and he was taken to the Health Sciences Center to be seen by a doctor.

In June 2015, another Israeli passenger, Yossi Davidov, was taken off an Austrian Airlines flight from Austria to Israel for unruly behavior and for mistreating a flight attendant.

Davidov, a cinematographer, was removed from the plane along with three photographers with whom he was traveling from Vienna to Tel Aviv. He was arrested in Vienna and swiftly released, with help by the head of the Bucharian Jewish community in Vienna, after paying a 100 euro fine.

Davidov said that his behavior was provoked by a Muslim flight attendant who singled him out because he was Jewish.

He later apologized for his behavior and told Channel 2 that although the flight attendant provoked him by discriminating against him, he regretted his disproportionate response that led to his arrest.

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