Passenger removed from Boston-to-Washington flight

January 3, 2011 12:25:40 PM PST
A passenger on a flight departing from Boston has been released on his own recognizance after being arrested when other passengers reported that he had placed a suspicious package in the overhead bin. State police say 35-year-old Ognjen Milatovic of Hudson refused the crew's request to hang up his cell phone and sit down on a US Airways Inc. flight bound for Washington, D.C., Monday.

Officials removed Milatovic and his carry-on luggage, which passengers said was making odd noises, as well as his checked luggage. No threat was found.

The University of North Florida mathematics and statistics professor was arraigned on charges of disorderly conduct and interfering with operation of an aircraft. He is due back in court March 15. His lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.