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  Shoe bomb suspect appears in US court
Updated 26 December 2001, 11.01
Shoe bomber Richard Reid
Shoe bomber Richard Reid (right)

The man suspected of trying to blow up a passenger airplane with 197 people on board has appeared in a court in Boston, America.

He is alleged to have packed explosives into the heels of his trainers and then tried to set them off before being overpowered.

Reid is taken away by police
Reid is taken away by police
The man was identified in the court as Richard Reid, 28, and was confirmed to be a British citizen.

He was charged by America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with assault and threatening the members of the plane's crew.

It took 10-12 men to stop him

Reid was stopped by the crew and passengers on board the plane from lighting the explosives, during the flight from Paris to Miami.

An air hostess tried to stop him after smelling burning, but he was too strong. Then 10-12 men helped and managed to tie him to a seat with ties, belts and even headphones.

Police in America, Britain and France are all trying to find out more about Reid, including whether he was using a fake passport.

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