May 22, 2012

US Airways Jet Held on Runway Due to Security Issue

The flight was escorted to the runway by fighter jets. There is a passenger described as a security risk.

CNN: A US Airways jet from Paris was diverted to Bangor, Maine, on Tuesday after a passenger showed "suspicious behavior" on the flight, federal authorities said.

US Airways spokesman Andrew Christie said the Charlotte, North Carolina-bound Boeing 767 landed in Bangor about noon because of an unspecified "security issue." The flight carried 179 passengers and a crew of nine, airline spokeswoman Liz Landau told CNN.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command said two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to escort the jet to Bangor.

The aircraft landed after a passenger "exhibited suspicious behavior" during the flight, the Transportation Security Administration said.


Update: A female passenger claims to be carrying explosives.

A flight from Paris bound for Charlotte was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after reports say a passenger claimed to be carrying a bomb inside her.

ccording to CNN, a French woman on board the flight handed a note to a flight attendant, claiming that she had a surgically implanted explosive inside of her. The woman was traveling alone, CNN said.

It is known that al-Qaeda's chief bomb maker in Yemen has been looking for ways to implant bombs in human beings.

No word yet on if the woman is a Muslima or where she is from.

Update Doctors are said to have determined there was no bomb...

CNN: Doctors aboard examined the woman and saw no sign of recent scars, according to the office of Rep. Peter King, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. And a senior federal law enforcement official told CNN that authorities have determined that no bomb was involved in the incident.
Welcome to America lady, please have a seat in the showroom. We'll be with you in 25 to 30 years.

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