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Bomb threat suspect denies accusations after incident at Palm Beach International Airport


(PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL) – The man accused of making a bomb threat Tuesday night at Palm Beach International Airport is denying ever making a bomb threat.

John Magee, 66, is out of jail after posting bail Wednesday afternoon.

According to officials, Magee was a passenger on a Frontier Airlines flight headed to Philadelphia but was pulled off the plane before it took off.

Magee claims no one told him why he was being detained. “Nobody came up and asked me anything,” Magee said. “They just dragged me right off the plane, put me in a room and then they dragged my buddy off. The next thing you know the FBI comes in and they want me to … they gave me my Miranda rights.”

Magee then questioned the FBI  “What are you pulling me off for?'” Magee said. “They apparently said it must have been in my backpack. They had TSA go through all their films and everything.”

A probable cause affidavit said he was overheard by another passenger making a threat.


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At his first appearance in court Wednesday morning, Magee faced a judge.

Magee was being charged with making a false report of a bomb, which is a second-degree felony.

The prosecutor asked for a high bond and house arrest, but Magee’s public defender said the bond should not be so high.

Magee said he came down from New Jersey with a friend for a three-day train ride. He said his next move is to get a lawyer.

His next court date was scheduled for Feb. 23.