Updated at 12:30 p.m. to correct that he was arrested on Saturday.
The holiday season stress may have gone to the head of one recent traveler at Nashville International Airport. According to a police affidavit, a 26-year-old man was arrested Saturday after he threatened to “blow up” the airplane and airport.
Kevin Craig Quihuis allegedly made his threats after a Continental Airlines representative informed him he'd been bumped from his scheduled flight due to overbooking.
Quihuis “became irate and stated, ‘If I don’t get a seat, I'm goin to blow-up the airplane,’” according to the affidavit.
When Continental employees tried to talk to the passenger, he allegedly made another threat to “blow up” the airport as well, the affidavit says.
Airline employees called airport police, and Quihuis was taken into custody. The K9 bomb squad was mobilized, but no bomb was found.
Quihuis was arrested on charges of making a false report because the “defendant made such statements that he knew were false” that caused others to fear for their safety, the affidavit reads.
The defendant is still in police custody and is scheduled to appear in general sessions court Wednesday morning before Judge Gloria Dumas.
Nashville Airport Authority spokeswoman Emily Richard declined to talk about the specific incident.
In general, she said the standard practice when an individual makes a threat is to run a criminal background check on an individual to see if he or she has any warrants and have the K9 unit check the individual's luggage.
When asked whether the holiday stress contributes to a higher number of incidents between police and passengers at the airport, she said the statistics don't flesh out a correspondence.
November is the airport's busiest month, and this year the airport saw 22 arrests — four custodial arrests (where a suspect was taken into custody) and 18 misdemeanor arrests (where a suspect is issued a misdemeanor citation). In November 2008, there were 18 arrests — 8 custodial and 10 misdemeanor arrests.
Richard said airport official see the current numbers are on par with past statistics.
The number of arrests per month was slightly higher in September and October 2009 compared with the same months in last year, according to numbers Richard provided.
In October, there were 23 arrests (8 custodial, 15 misdemeanor) up slightly from the 16 (2 custodial, 14 misdemeanor) in 2008.
The same held true for September when 30 people (7 custodial, 23 misdemeanor) were arrested, slightly higher than the 18 who were arrested in September 2008 (10 custodial, 8 misdemeanor.)
In the last fiscal year the airport totaled 90 custodial and 123 misdemeanor arrests.