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Man threatening Jews hauled off flight in Miami

MIAMI (Reuters) - A man who described himself as a Palestinian and said he wanted to “kill all the Jews” was hauled off a Detroit-bound Delta Air Lines flight in Miami and arrested, authorities said on Thursday.

The plane was taxiing away from the terminal at Miami International Airport on Wednesday night when 43-year-old Mansor Mohammad Asad of Toledo, Ohio, began making loud anti-Semitic comments and chanting, apparently in Arabic, Miami-Dade police said in a statement.

“I’m Palestinian and I want (to) kill all Jews,” he said, according to witnesses.

The pilot returned the aircraft to the terminal and a Taser device was used to “neutralize” Asad after he charged an arresting officer, the police statement said.

The incident came amid heightened airline security concerns following the attempted bombing of a Northwest flight bound for Detroit on Christmas Day.

Police said Asad faced several criminal charges including threats against a public servant and disorderly conduct. The Delta plane departed for Detroit following a thorough security sweep.

Reporting by Tom Brown; Editing by Will Dunham