February 15, 2010, - 12:12 pm
Again & Again: Testing the System #567,913 & #567,914 – Cockpit Try & Suspicious Med Device on 2 Flts
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Can’t wait to hear this guy’s name and his religion.
According to witnesses at Capital Region International Airport, several large men were asked to move to the front of the plane, and passenger was tackled.
A man is hauled off a plane at Capital Region International Airport Sunday night, after passengers tackled him during take-off.
An airport spokesman will only tell us there was an incident. But News Ten has talked with three passengers on Delta Flight 3679 who told us what happened.
Take-off was delayed, and the pilot said it was because of bad weather in Detroit. During that delay, flight attendants asked several large men to move to the front of the plane.
Several passengers tackled a man who had demanded to sit near the cockpit.
They held him down while the plane returned to the gate, where the FBI and TSA took the man off the plane. We don’t know what happened from there. Again, that’s all according to passengers.
I’m sure they’ll tell us he’s just a nut who was concerned with the weather delay (and getting inside the cockpit, which is what all terrorists, er . . . crazy people on planes, do).
And, then, there’s this from yesterday, from the same flight Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab tried to blow up. Was it really just a medical device? Either way, this would make a great cover for an explosive device. Notice how the passenger’s name is conveniently omitted.
Authorities say a Delta flight from Amsterdam to Detroit was met by security after a passenger’s medical device was reported as being suspicious.
Transportation Security Administration spokesman Jon Allen says the passenger was interviewed after the plane landed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus on Saturday afternoon and was allowed to leave after telling agents about the device.
Airport spokesman Mike Conway said federal officials determined there was no threat.
Did they really? Or did they just tell us this and try to follow the guy? We’ll never know for sure.
**** UPDATE: The guy on the Lansing, Michigan flight tried to open the door of either the plane or the cockpit. But, no worries. The FBI let him go. Nothing to see here. Move along.
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