April 7th, 2010
10:26 PM ET

Feds: United Airlines flight lands after disturbance

[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.

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  1. Natalee

    If he's a diplomat why would he smoke in the bathroom and joke about a shoe bomb? Seems he should know better and have more respect for fellow passengers

    April 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Igor Pikalnet

    To all brave people who stopped this lunatic: well done you, I admire you! But how could he get through after all these things we experience in the airports? The customs security doesn't look really secure, does it?

    April 7, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. B.D.

    Stripping his diplomatic immunity is NOT a good idea.. once you start that trend, it puts US diplomats at serious risk. Those immunities are there for a very good reason - if they weren't, you can expect US diplomats (and families) to get arrested any time the host government disagrees with a US policy position. We should follow the Vienna convention, but push for prosecution by the Qatari government. As they are close allies, they will likely be just as angry about it as we are. Of course, he will most certainly be expelled from the country and it could result in other Qatar diplomats being expelled along with economic sanctions from the US government. With all of that money at stake, you can be assured that the Qataris will play ball. The Qatar government can also waive diplomatic immunity for this guy as well. It happened when the Georgian diplomat killed a girl in DC because of drunk driving and he was sent to a US prison. Of course, with the Barack team running the show, I bet this guy goes home free.

    April 8, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
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