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US Army vet charged after 'threat to blow up' Qatar Airways plane

Joseph Ferrarone reportedly set for trial in February after alleged incident on Doha to Houston flight

US Army vet charged after 'threat to blow up' Qatar Airways plane

A man who allegedly made threats to harm passengers and flight crew on a Qatar Airways flight to the US earlier this month has been indicted in federal court in Houston, according to a report by Doha News.

Joseph Ferrarone, who used to serve in the US Army, has been charged with interfering with a flight crew, and if convicted could face up to 20 years in jail, local media in Texas reported, citing court documents.

He allegedly became disruptive on a December 1 Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The passenger was returning to the US from Thailand via Doha and flying in economy class when Ferrarone is alleged to have threatened to pour a chemical concoction on the plane’s window to melt a hole in it and cause it to explode.

Speaking to AP, the defendant’s attorney Thomas Berg said that Ferrarone has pleaded not guilty and is set for trial on February 2.

Qatar Airways has yet not commented on the matter.

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