Bagel Toting Professor Causes Airplane Ruckus

Posted Jan 6th 2011 03:34 PMUpdated Jan 6th 2011 03:49 PM

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A Florida math professor was removed from a US Airways airplane in Boston and arrested after passengers accused him of placing a package making weird noises in the overhead bin.

It turns out the "suspicious" package was a plastic bag containing a bagel and cream cheese, keys, a wallet, other food items and a hat, according to law enforcement officials.

But before that was discovered, Ognjen Milatovic, 35, also reportedly refused crew instructions to sit down and hang up his cell phone so the plane could take off.

The University of North Florida professor was taken off the Washington D.C.-bound flight in handcuffs and was arraigned in East Boston District Court on charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with operation of an aircraft. He was released with orders to return to court on March 15.

The flight, with 117 passengers onboard, took off without further incident.

This isn't the only recent case of concerned air passengers reporting a fellow traveler.

A man of Middle Eastern descent was pulled off a US Airways flight by law enforcement in Denver in November after he alarmed other passengers by taking too many trips to the bathroom during a flight from North Carolina. A sweep of the plane showed their concerns were unwarranted.

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