(CNN) - The suspect in the failed Times Square car bombing has admitted involvement in what authorities have now labeled "a terrorist plot," Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.
Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American, was arrested around 11:45 p.m. ET Monday at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport moments before he was to fly to Pakistan via Dubai. He is to appear in federal court in Manhattan later Tuesday.
"It is clear that this was a terrorist plot," Holder said. It could have caused "death and destruction in the heart of New York City."
A law enforcement source said Shahzad was on board Emirates Airlines Flight 202 to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when the plane was called to return to the gate. Shahzad was booked through to Islamabad, Pakistan, via Dubai, a senior airline official confirmed.