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Jet passenger: 'There is a bomb in my bag!'

The passenger who sparked a fright on a flight over the Atlantic Ocean last night told passengers "We are all going to die! There is a bomb in my bag!" according to an affidavit filed this afternoon.

Jet passenger: 'There is a bomb in my bag!'

The passenger who sparked a fright on a flight over the Atlantic Ocean last night told passengers: "We are all going to die! There is a bomb in my bag!" according to an affidavit filed this afternoon.

Alex Matthew Nelson, 21, of St. Paul, Minn., has been charged with interfering with the flight crew after he freaked on a flight from Munich, Germany, to Philadelphia.

The U.S. Airways Flight 707 crew's first hint that something was wrong came 40 minutes into the flight, when Nelson approached a flight attendant and told her he didn't know what he should do. Thinking he was merely nervous about flying, she advised him to sit and watch a movie, a suggestion he seemed to heed, according to the affidavit. But less than 90 minutes later, the attendant checked on him and discovered he was talking excessively and loudly and bothering other passengers. His behavior deteriorated further, until crew members announced that they needed passengers with medical experience to check him out, according to the affidavit.

A passenger who is a nurse responded and tried to calm him, but Nelson asked her if he could masturbate in front of her, kiss her and show her his privates. He also announced: "I want to tell you something: We are all going to die. There is a bomb in my bag ... I am going to raise hell!" Attendants removed the bag to the rear of the aircraft, alerted the pilots and later, inspected the bag, finding nothing of obvious concern. As Nelson allegedly grew more unruly, the attendants agreed to restrain him with flex cuffs; he then grew less talkative and soon fell asleep.

The nurse and another passenger who is an anesthetist saw that Nelson sweated profusely, was perpetually thirsty, had dilated pupils and exhibited other signs suggesting drug intoxication, likely Ecstasy or LSD, according to the affidavit. After the plane landed, authorities took him to the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania for a medical and psychological evaluation.

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