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Canadian man arrested after disruption on airliner in Miami

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 6:06 PM EDT, Fri May 25, 2012
Officers in Miami detained a passenger Friday after he caused a disturbance on an American Airlines flight.
Officers in Miami detained a passenger Friday after he caused a disturbance on an American Airlines flight.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • FBI identifies the suspect in the Miami airline incident as Ryan Snider of Canada
  • The 24-year-old man is likely to face federal charges, the FBI says
  • Snider rushed to the front of the plane after it landed, the agency says

Miami (CNN) -- A 24-year-old Canadian man will probably face federal charges after allegedly rushing to the front of an American Airlines aircraft after it landed in Miami on Friday, the FBI said.

Two passengers on Flight 320 from Montego Bay, Jamaica, helped subdue the man, identified by the FBI as Ryan Snider.

No one was injured and there was no damage to the plane, the FBI said.

Terrorism is not suspected, the agency said.

American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle said the man appeared to be disoriented.

"He did not obey crewmember instructions to sit down and then moved toward the front of the aircraft where he was subdued," he said in a statement.

Passenger Ronald Webb told CNN affiliate WSVN that the incident was disconcerting.

"We were a little bit worried because we didn't know what it was all about," he said.

Snider is expected to make an initial court appearance Tuesday in Miami, the FBI said.

"Consular officials in the United States have been informed of the detention of a Canadian citizen and have extended an offer of consular assistance. Canadian consular officials will remain in contact with local authorities and are prepared to provide consular assistance as needed," Chris Plunkett, spokesman for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, said in a statement.

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