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Flight diverted to Boston over passenger disturbance

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- Fighter jets escorted a diverted London-to-Washington, D.C., flight to Boston's Logan airport Wednesday after a distraught passenger pulled out a screw driver, matches, Vaseline and a note referencing al-Qaeda, an airport spokesman said.

United Flight 923 landed safely, Logan airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said.

The flight, with 182 passengers and 12 crew members landed safely, UAL Corp. spokesman Brandon Borrman said. Borrman said a female passenger was spotted engaging in some "suspicious" activity, but he could not immediately say what the activity was.

State Police and federal agencies took control of the plane after it landed.

Passengers were seen coming off the plane on the tarmac and being loaded onto a bus. Orlandella said their carry-on luggage was being checked. The flight was from London's Heathrow Airport to Dulles.

Last week, British authorities said they foiled a terror plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights from London to the United States


http://www.cnn.com/2006/TRAVEL/08/16/flight.diverted.ap/index.html

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Watching live video feed from CNN now

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All the luggage is laid out on the runway and a bomb-sniffing dog is examining each piece.

Sad

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I'm watching on Fox...

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Did you hear the list of items she had on her? I wonder how she got past security? ....Maggie

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The other big story....

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...was about a 12-year-old boy who got through security at Gatwick and got ONTO THE PLANE even though he had no ticket and was unaccompanied. He was a runaway. They discovered it before the plane took off, probably when a ticketed passenger found the boy in their seat.

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(NT) (NT) They are saying now she didn't have those items.

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and

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did you see the baggage handlers dropping each bag!

if there was a bomb in one seems kinda foolish wouldnt you think?

now saying woman was claustrophobic

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From MSNBC -- no terror link, screwdriver story not true

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14375133/

A female passenger aboard United Flight 923 said she was claustrophobic and became very upset and got into some kind of confrontation with the flight crew, according to George Naccara, federal security director for the Transportation Security Administration for Massachusetts' airport.

The disturbance ? coming just a week after authorities in London said they foiled a terror plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights ? was enough to concern the pilot to issue an alert, which activated two fighter jets to escort the flight into Logan, Naccara said.

Naccara denied earlier reports that she was carrying lotion, a screw driver, matches and a note referencing al-Qaida. He said he did not believe any items she was carrying were the cause of the outburst.

NBC News has been told there was never a threat of terrorism. The pilot decided to land at the nearest airport after the altercation. The woman was taken off the plane, which is planned to continue to Dulles International Airport.
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No Threat?

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If there was no threat involved, why did they completely unload the plane? I think if it was just a panic attack, they could have held the women and probably calmed her down. And why did she not have a panic attack earlier on in the flight? I think there's something they don't want us to know....Maggie

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They probably felt....

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...that it would have required too many crew members' attention to keep her restrained and calm all the way to Washington so they diverted to get her off the plane. If she made any kind of threatening statement they are required, by law, to reinspect the baggage.

I do suspect that the truth may be somewhere in between the current story and the initial one though.

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