'Suspicious looking' man hauled off translatlantic flight
'Middle Eastern' passenger provokes American Airlines divert
An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to London this morning made an unscheduled stop at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport after a member of the flight crew "alerted security on the ground that there may be a suspicious person on board, and the decision was made to divert the flight", Flight International reports.
The man in question had "raised some eyebrows" aboard flight 136 by boarding the aircraft using an AA employee bus, thereby bypassing LAX security, even though he was on a private trip. A flight attendant who questioned him onboard was not satisfied he was an AA employee, and duly informed the pilot.
When the plane landed in NY at 4am, Transportation Security Administration operatives arrested the suspect, described as being of "Middle Eastern origin". He was questioned while the aircraft was searched and passengers rescreened, without result.
US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff later confirmed the man was an employee who was flying in a private capacity. He told CNN the incident may have been a "misunderstanding", adding: "I think the good news here, of course, is an alert crew sees something that's anomalous or seems questionable and they take action."
Flight 136 was cancelled, and passengers reassigned to other London-bound aircraft. ®
Re: The follow-up comments to mine are just great...
If you had read all the responses to your post then you may have come across the response from heystoopid.
You say: "If I was told to stop by any police officer, would I do it? You bet I would."
He say: " ...but during the event no fellow passenger heard any identification statement from either officer..."
You say: "@ Carlos reply about "lapsed visa being grounds for summary execution". You could flip the statement around and say that if he'd left when his visa expired,..."
He say: "...the fact that at no time was he ever an illegal resident overstaying his work permit/visa!"
Your source: ?
His source: IPCC report
> having recently graduated with a Computer Science degree I can say with
> absolute certainty that in most compilers you couldnt assign AMERICA to the
> variable location as im pretty sure "AMERICA" does not classify as an integer.
> ok im done.
And we can all rest a little easier that these young graduates aren't going to take our jobs for a while yet ;) ! But seriously, which uni did you go to! That's such a rookie mistake, don't they teach you programming these days?
The follow-up comments to mine are just great...
and typify what is wrong with society today.
If I was told to stop by any police officer, would I do it? You bet I would. I was raised to respect the police, but then again respecting any authority doesn't seem to feature that highly in today's society.
Did I say the shooting was justified? No, my only comment was that if he'd obeyed the police he may still be alive.
As for the attempts to cover-up by the Met, they are just plain wrong.
@ Carlos reply about "lapsed visa being grounds for summary execution". You could flip the statement around and say that if he'd left when his visa expired, he wouldn't have been in the UK for police to shoot.
The insulting responses to my post are just peachy, guess you can't handle reading a comment from someone who doesn't share your view of our "wonderful" liberal society.