[Updated 10:56] The passenger has diplomatic credentials from the Arab emirate of Qatar, a federal law enforcement official tells CNN.[Updated 10:45] North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, scrambled two F-16s to intercept the United Flight at approximately 8:45 p.m. ET as the jet was en route to Denver, Colorado, according to a NORAD statement.
[Published 10:26] Federal authorities say a disturbance aboard a United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., to Denver, Colorado, Wednesday night occurred when a passenger apparently tried to set a shoe on fire.
Law enforcement officials met the plane on the ground in Denver and there were no reports of injuries.
"The situation is under control. The flight is on the ground," a federal law enforcement official said.