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.