US: Unruly traveler had worked at State Department

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 4:44am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 June, 2013, 4:55am


NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — A U.S. State Department spokeswoman says a man who ranted about national security and screamed "I'm dead" during a flight from Hong Kong once worked at the agency.

The spokeswoman said Tuesday that the passenger ended his time at the department in 2006. She gave no details about his job or why he no longer works there.

The man started screaming nine hours into a 15-hour flight Monday to Newark Liberty Airport outside New York City. At one point, a passenger says, the man claimed people were trying to poison him.

Passengers helped subdue him and say the man was clearly not stable. The FBI says he was hospitalized after being taken off the plane.