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A US Airways pilot has been arrested for disorderly conduct and making "terrorist threats" at a security checkpoint at Philadelphia International Airport.

The pilot, Elwood Menear, allegedly said: "Why are you worried about tweezers when I could crash the plane?" while undergoing security checks before his flight on 13 January. The screeners thought the comments were inappropriate and police arrested Menear - who had been scheduled to fly from Philadelphia to Milwaukee.

A substitute pilot was called in to complete the flight, and the FBI is investigating the pilot's comment to determine whether federal charges should be filed, Reuters reported.

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