First-Time Flyer Arrested After Bomb Threat

A homeless man who saved up his disability pension to buy an airline ticket from Adelaide, Australia to Perth was arrested after telling cabin crew not to touch his bag of weapons and bombs.

The Adelaide Magistrates Court heard details yesterday about how 39-year-old Jackson Brown, who had never flown before, was "jumping around, fidgeting and closely approaching the cabin crew and cabin manager," reports several Australian news outlets.

According to Brown's laywer, the man had been living on the streets in Melbourne for a year and was trying to return to his home state of Western Australia.

Brown was arrested while on board a Virgin Blue connection from Adelaide to Perth right before take off on Monday night. The 125 passengers aboard were delayed by the disruption.

"Ground crew were called onto the aircraft to escort him from it," says the prosecutor, who added that when Brown was asked to move his bag by the crew, he said: "leave it there mate, it's got weapons and bombs in it."

Brown's lawyer says his client had been unemployed and "living rough" in Melbourne. He says Brown had a couple of drinks which had reduced his inhibitions and "inflated his excitement for returning home after all these years."

The lawyer also said, "It's the sort of thing that should not have been said in this current international climate."

Brown was fined $3,250 and ordered to pay court and prosecution costs.

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