Denver man sentenced to federal prison for bomb threat on United flight

Posted at 11:56 AM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 13:56:27-04

DENVER – A 22-year-old Denver man was sentenced last week to 18 months in federal prison for lying to federal authorities about a bomb threat he left on a plane that landed in Denver after a flight from San Diego.

Cameron Korth, 22, will have to serve four months at a halfway house after he completes his federal prison sentence and will then spend three years on supervised probation.

He was indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2017 and pleaded guilty in April to providing false information and threats.

Korth left a note inside the bathroom of a United Airlines flight which read, “THERE IS BOMBS [sic] ON UA 231 DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LAND.” When the flight did land at Denver International Airport, police searched the plane and found no explosives.

According to law enforcement, Korth had written the note himself and left it on the toilet cover seat dispenser in the bathroom, then pointed it out to a flight attendant himself. The federal complaint says that Korth claimed he was suffering a panic attack and was trying to get help.

“A written threat like this is a big deal, especially when you’re one of the people traveling in a metal cylinder 30,000 feet above the earth,” said U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer. “Threats like this have real victims.  And they will get you real punishment.”

There were 149 passengers and five crew members aboard the plane when Korth wrote the threat.