Charlotte-Bound Flight Diverted To Maine For 'Security Issue'

A US Airways jetliner that diverted to Maine because a passenger passed a note saying she had a surgically implanted device is back on its way to North Carolina.

Rep. Peter King was briefed on the investigation and said the passenger was a French citizen born in Cameroon. He says she handed the note to a flight attendant. The New York congressman says doctors examined her and found no scars.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department warned airlines last summer that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans.

Two F-15 fighters scrambled to escort Flight 787 with 179 passengers and nine crew members to Bangor International Airport around noon Tuesday.

With the passenger in custody, the flight was cleared to continue to Charlotte, N.C., and departed at 3:28 p.m.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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A New York congressman says a US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina diverted to Maine because a French passenger passed a note mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device.

Rep. Peter King was briefed on the investigation and said the passenger was a French citizen born in Cameroon. He says she handed the note to a flight attendant. He says a doctor examined her and found no scars.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department warned airlines last summer that terrorists are considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans.

Two F-15 fighters scrambled to escort Flight 787 with 179 passengers and nine crew members to Bangor International Airport on Tuesday. With the passenger in custody, the flight was cleared to continue to its final destination in Charlotte, N.C.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

An official says US Airways Flight 787 from Paris to Charlotte, N.C., has been diverted to Maine because a French passenger exhibited suspicious behavior.

The official briefed on the investigation says the woman is in custody and the flight has been cleared to continue. The woman is a French citizen who was born in Cameroon.

Another official says the passenger appeared to be mentally unstable and that she announced that she had a surgically implanted device. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity because it involved sensitive law enforcement information.

A US Airways spokesman says the Boeing 767 with 179 passengers and nine crew members landed around noon Tuesday at Bangor International Airport.

Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort the jetliner to the ground.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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