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Flight makes emergency landing after man threatens passengers with box cutter

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Frontier Airlines Inc. planes sit on the tarmac at Denver International Airport (DIA) in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Frontier Airlines Inc., the no-frills U.S. carrier whose aircraft feature animals on the tails, is aiming to go public as soon as the second quarter, people with knowledge of the matter said. Photographer: Matt Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
It is currently unknown how the unidentified passenger managed to smuggle the box cutter on the flight (Picture: Getty)

A flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger repeatedly threatened those on board with a box cutter.

Frontier Airlines Flight 1761 from Cincinnati to Tampa was diverted to Atlanta after the passenger was seen with the sharp weapon, spokesperson Jennifer De La Cruz told CNN in a statement.

‘The aircraft landed safely in Atlanta and the passenger in question was taken into custody by Atlanta law enforcement,’ she said.

It is currently unknown how the unidentified passenger managed to smuggle the box cutter onto the flight or what circumstances prompted the discovery of the weapon.

The airline has confirmed that no crew members or passengers had been harmed during the incident.

Tia Morgan, an employee at Atlanta airport, tweeted: ‘I’m at work and a flight gets diverted here from Cincinnati due to a passenger threatening everyone on the plane with a box cutter.’

Meanwhile Atlanta airport spokesman Tim Turner confirmed authorities only found the box cutter on the man after he was taken into custody, he said.

All passengers on the plane were provided with overnight hotel accommodations in Atlanta, and a new flight was scheduled for Saturday morning to transport passengers to Tampa, Frontier Airlines said.

It is unknown how the man managed to smuggle the weapon on board or what prompted the violent outburst (Picture: Getty)
It is unknown how the man managed to smuggle the weapon on board or what prompted the violent outburst (Picture: Getty)

The news comes just months after a man hijacked a plane in Mississipi and threatened to crash it into a nearby Walmart.

The 29-year-old hijacker, later identified as Cory Wayne Patterson, put the entire state on red alert as he spent several hours circling overhead and threatening to crash the aircraft.

Police said the pilot was ‘threatening to intentionally crash into Walmart on West Main’ in the city of Tupelo and was later arrested on terror and grand larceny charges, despite later withdrawing his threat to crash the plane midway through his hijacking.

He eventually landed safely in a rural area after spending more than four hours terrifying people on the ground.

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