May 12th, 2010
12:17 PM ET

Police: 2 arrests amid hijacking fear at Berlin airport

Two Russian-speaking men were arrested at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, after a witness overheard a "suspicious conversation" between them suggesting that a flight might be hijacked, police told CNN.

The incident happened at check-in for an Air Berlin flight in terminal C of the airport, where a woman overheard the two men speaking in Russian, leaving the impression that the flight was going to be hijacked, police said.

The woman notified authorities, and the men, 49 and 26, were taken into custody. They are to be questioned by state authorities.

All other passengers were also taken off the plane and questioned.

Police will not yet say where the suspects are from.

The flight was to head to Moscow, Russia, but the plane is grounded and being searched by German investigators.

The other passengers were able to depart on a different plane after several hours' delay, authorities said.

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  1. aaron

    better to be safe than sorry... regardless of the ethnicity, color, gender so on, if you over hear anything that doesnt sound right it should be reported to the authorities. big ears or not

    May 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sally

    the racial profiling is going to have to be taken up alittle considering you dont see american looking people SPEAKING ENGLISH trying to blow up planes or anything else for that matter...its mostly foreiners so who cares if she did some "racial profiling"??? she did what she thought was right.

    May 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. A.A.A.

    Why would two would be hijackers discuss their plan in Russian while sitting among people travelling to Russia. Doesn't make sense. 2- Nothing is said about the woman's profficiency in Russian. isn't it possible she missed the punchline of a joke or something. Next time I don't like the face of someone at the airport, I will report something I heard in Chinese or whatever!

    May 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ben

    @ Sally Yeah sure, you dont see Americans speaking English blowing anything up. Oh Wait...what about Timothy McVeigh? Or the Unibomber? As I recal those were white Americans!! God, when will you people stop disguising your disgusting biased racism as legitimate security concern?? Think before you speak!. And please PLEASE stop spreading your hate...it makes the rest of us look bad...

    May 12, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rik

    Ben you named only two, please continue you with your list....oh could you have your list updated to the last ten years. Oh please by all means continue with your ignorance. Tell us how all the terrorist attacks around the world have been committed by mostly white Americans. What a bunch of crap. Maybe only 2 % of muslims are terrorist but 98% of all the terrorist activities occurring at the present time ARE committed by muslims. Sorry this upsets your sensitive feelings but hey better that than having your head cut off.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    @Rik I understand that that you have some difficulty reading, but I never said that the terrorists were mostly white Americans. Nor were Muslims even mentioned before you mentioned them. Yes your are correct. The majority of terrorist activity these days does appear to be committed by Muslims. That said, since "only 2%" of Muslims are terrorists, don't you think we should choose a RATIONAL method of finding terrorists, rather than just stereotyping "foreigners" as Sally did?

    May 12, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ben

    And I simply wanted to point out to Sally that white Americans (and yes, I AM a white American) are capable of nasty stuff too. Remember the guy who flew his plane (granted a small one) into the IRS building? An older white man. Im just saying, if we want to be safe, let's not act like race is the only factor here

    May 12, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Justin

    Quit being racist Ben.

    May 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mohammad A Dar

    Classic hysteria. Favorite of the new cons, one more opportunity for fear mongering.

    May 12, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ramesh Manghirmalani

    Germans are munch of idiot and buffoons

    May 14, 2010 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Angelo

    A real professional comment @Ramesh Manghirmalani.

    I bet you even live in germany...idiot

    June 1, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
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