April 27th, 2010
05:53 PM ET

Officials: Delta flight diverted because of explosives claim

[Updated at 5:53 p.m.] A trans-Atlantic Delta Air Lines flight was diverted to Bangor, Maine, Tuesday when a passenger claimed he had explosives, law enforcement officials told CNN.

Federal air marshals on board Flight 273 took the passenger into custody, Delta's Susan Elliott said, and he was being questioned by authorities.

In addition to explosives, the detained passenger claimed he had false documents, two law enforcement officials told CNN. Investigators had found no explosives so far, they said.

The passenger, an American citizen, was not flagged on any databases, they said. The FBI is leading the investigation with assistance from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration and the Bangor Police Department, the officials said.

[Posted at 3:39 p.m.] A trans-Atlantic Delta Air Lines flight has been diverted to Bangor, Maine, because of a disruptive passenger, a Delta spokeswoman said Tuesday. Federal air marshals on board took the passenger into custody.

The jet was en route from Paris, France, to Atlanta, Georgia.

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  1. ricbab

    I think it was the fear of going to Atlanta !

    April 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Constance

    I WAS A PASSENGER ON THIS FLIGHT AND THE STORY REPORTED IS INNACURATE. I do not know who released this news story but it is INACCURATE. The plane was diverted because of a MEDICAL EMERGENCY. I was personally involved with this passenger and the passenger was sick and needed to GET OFF THE PLANE IMMEDIATELY. It took HOURS to turn plane around, However, it was to this patient's benefit. PLEASE DONT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ. this was an inaccurate report.
    PS Maine – things did NOT happen very fast, needed to get luggage off plane, re-fuel and get new flight plan. Granted it was in the middle of the night!

    April 27, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Heather

    @ Maddawg being Christian doesn't mean I am in a CULT learn about what this COUNTRIES Believes have been based on and you will understand. There is ONE GOD and his son's name is Jesus!

    April 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ron

    Number 98: Are you a military wannabe or are you so selfish or so much of a cowered that you would have other men and women serve in the military so you can reap the benefits? Gulf veterans do not have a sense of entitlement or that they feel they are privileged. They have sacrificed so much so the rest of us Americans may not have to experience another 911. Quit making an Ass of your self with such stupid comments.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alikat

    You're kididng, right? You don't know what a "spork" is? I believe it was first used at KFC; it's a spoon with little tines cut into it. Truly ingenious.

    Oh, right, the unruly passenger... Spork him.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. voxhumana

    Bangor, Maine is one of the most beautiful places on earth. So if you don't know what you're talking about, keep quiet. That being said, this jerk should have been put in the ejection chamber and release mid-flight over the Atlantic. Any quesitons?

    April 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JRoy

    This is why they need to reinstate the outdoor observation deck on airliners. A nice spot for fanatics to enjoy the flight by themselves. Heck – they could even smoke outside.

    April 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. H. B.

    I can't draw rational conclusions from this article – not enough info. So why do so many people think they CAN form solid opinions with virtually no confirmed information?

    My only question is whether this individual will, once again, prove to be a Muslim. If there is ONE piece of information an article like this should NOT leave out, it is that. We get plenty of people who aren't Muslims going Section 8, of course, but when it's a Muslim doing so on an airplane, the situation is almost always more sinister. I don't care who would call it "profiling." Muslims do a lot of profiling US, after all. While not all Muslims look "Middle Eastern," it remains true that those who blow up planes are almost ALWAYS Muslims. The reasonable rules against profiling should not apply here. We should profile Muslims, but never go lax on people who aren't.

    No matter WHAT we do to make air flight safer, the Muslims will learn of them, and promptly set about learning ways to get around it. The dude with the explosives packed around his noogies is probably the last of that type of terrorist. The hidden location was good enough to get him on the plane, but was still external to his body. Maybe the next one will have them shoved up his – you know what. Or a female next time, since she has TWO internal "containers." More explosives can be jammed into a woman than a man. Bet it happens.

    And after that, how will we thwart such attacks in the future? Do internal searches on peoples' bodily orifices? And what kind of people would enjoy that kind of work?

    I'd consider it responsible journalism if the media could let us know whether the "crotch bomber" will ever be able to reproduce. Yeah, yeah, I know, his "right" to medical privacy. But it seems that if someone tries to blow up a plane, making an attack on your country and its people, that person has forfeit the right to medical privacy, even if his civil rights are respected.

    So where's the story on exactly how his "family jewels" fared, after the burns healed? Inquiring minds want to know.

    April 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CD

    By Husband was booked on this flight but changed his schedule last minute... how bizarre to think that it could have also gone horribly wrong!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
  10. CD

    @HB would you call thát responsible journalism? Scary! So then how do we report about those driving their trucks into federal buildings in Oklahoma? Or planning an attack on the president? White christian nutcases?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. cropter

    NY Daily News:

    For three hours Tuesday, passengers on the Paris-to-Atlanta flight cowered and prayed at the front of the plane. In the back of the plane, the crew piled pillows, seat cushions and blankets on top of the man's luggage, hoping to dampen the explosion.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cropter

    Paul. (If you're still around) That last post was a response to your post at 32. Truth stranger than fiction.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
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