49ers Linebacker Busted in Airport Bomb Threat

Aldon Smith could face year in prison
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2014 2:44 AM CDT
San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith poses for a photo    (AP Photo)

(Newser) – More legal trouble for the San Francisco 49ers' Aldon Smith: The linebacker-defensive end was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday for indicating he had a bomb, reports ESPN. Police say Smith became belligerent and uncooperative after being selected for secondary screening and was arrested in the gate area after making a comment suggesting he was in possession of a bomb. Smith—who was busted for drunk driving last September and still faces weapons charges from a party-turned-shootout at his home in 2012—could face up to a year in prison if found guilty of making a false bomb report.

Another airline passenger ended up being hauled off a plane in handcuffs yesterday after trying to open a door midair on a Chicago-to-Sacramento flight, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Omaha, reports the AP. Witnesses say the man had been acting strangely throughout the flight and was tackled and restrained by other passengers after attempting to pry the door open. "Some gentleman just decided that he wanted us to visit the Lord today, and decided to open up the back hatch of Southwest Airlines flight while we were already up in the air," one passenger tells KABC. (Read more Aldon Smith stories.)

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