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Maryland man arrested after alleged bomb threats made on airplane

A Maryland man allegedly said he was going to "blow the plane up" while on a Southwest Airlines flight from Oakland, Calif. to Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport on Tuesday, California authorities said.

Arpan Shah, 32, of Sykesville, was arrested on charges of making criminal threats and was booked into the Alameda County jail, according to Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Court records on his arrest were not available online and it could not be determined whether he had an attorney. The FBI is investigating the matter, a sheriff's spokesman said.

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The captain of the flight told sheriff's deputies that while the plane was taxiing to the runway around 2:30 p.m. Shah said that he was going to blow up the plane, and that once airborne, continued to say the plane was going to blow up, the sheriff's office said.

The plane returned to the Oakland airport, and the passengers and baggage were removed while an explosive detection team searched it. The passengers and baggage were also rescreened, deputies said.

Southwest Flight 5135 left for Baltimore about three hours after its scheduled departure, airport officials said. It landed safely in Baltimore.

"We don't know why he was acting the way he was acting," Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said.

The East Bay Times contributed to this report.

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