Flight to Washington DC

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  1. A flight from London to Washington DC has been diverted to Boston after the pilot declared an emergency because of a "passenger disturbance".
    United Flight 923 from Heathrow Airport, with 182 passengers aboard, landed at Logan International Airport.

    At least one passenger is reported to have been involved in a confrontation with the crew on board the flight.

    An airport spokesman told the BBC that all passengers and crew were now safely off the plane.

    State police are said to have taken control of the plane after it landed.

    'Banned item'

    Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for Logan International Airport, said the flight was escorted to Boston by two fighter jets.

    "There was a supposed confrontation on board," he said.

    "There may have been a banned item on board and they are now searching the luggage."

    The flight was diverted due to the behaviour of one unruly woman, the Department of Homeland Security said.

    An airport spokesman is quoted as saying she was carrying a screwdriver, matches, Vaseline and a note referring to al-Qaeda.

    Security and sniffer dogs have been searching the luggage from the flight, which have been laid out on the tarmac at the airport.
  2. I'm watching it unfold on CNN-there are conflicting reports that the lady in question had Vaseline, a screwdriver, and some matches (very kinky) and a note referencing Al-Qaeda. The TSA are denying this report.

    The commentator reckons if this was a terrorism related incident, they'd have deployed the slide in order for passengers to exit the aircraft quickly.
  3. Link?

    If its true, I wonder how the items got past the current high security.
  4. diplomat

    diplomat War Hero Book Reviewer

    Latest on sky. No banned items and a little old lady seems to have had a panic attack.

    If true a typical US over reaction!
  5. One hell of a babe if she is going to use matches, vaseline and a screw driver!

    What I am wondering will she do for an encore? :)

    Actually what do they expect airlines are moaning about security delays, the government down grades the security level so blame can rest with BAA. They lax the rules in line with government conditions - hey presto this happens - just wait for the slang match to begin between them all again, oh and the Army being sent in to sort it out as usual.

    Glad I am flying to the USA this weekend - should make life interesting :)

    Shite happens as they say

  6. Radio 4 mentioned suggestions of the woman being in her 60's and possibly claustrophobic. The AQ note and dodgy items has been denied so far.

    If that is teh case I usggest the following scenario: Elderly woman gets a bit upset sitting where she is, maybe the G & T was too weak or something, gets a bit cantankerous so they scramable some F15's and divert the plane. Tea toast and medals for the pilots, few years in solitary at Gitmo for the woman and any witnesses.
  7. How did this 'rumour' enter CNN headlines then? Surely they don't get their info from ARRSE do they?
  8. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    The sad fact is that the USAF will probably deem it as an
    Ops deployment, and the Drivers & Crew will get medals. :roll:
  9. Surprised the septics didn't shoot the plane down.............afterall it was US Airways. Nothing like shooting your own.
  10. I have no idea, I don't work for CNN.

    I would guess they report what they hear from 'sources on the ground'

    Flight diverted to Boston over passenger disturbance

    (Edited to add CNN link)
  11. Just goes to show that in a way the terrorists are winning, if all it takes to have a plane diverted is a bit of vaselene and a screw driver. Poor woman. she's probably already been radicalised!!!