01-12-2005, 03:22 PM #1
How would you have liked to be on this flight
'No fly' passenger on BA flight
From CNN Correspondent Jeanne Meserve and Producer Mike M. Ahlers
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A British Airways flight with 239 passengers flying from London Heathrow Airport to New York was turned around in mid-flight Wednesday after a passenger flying on a French passport was found to be on the U.S. no-fly list.
U.S. government sources said the passenger was placed on the no-fly list in late December, but that British Airways did not have the latest no-fly list.
In a statement, British Airways said the passenger was a man.
Officials declined to identify him or say why he was on the list, which contains the names of suspected terrorists and those who help them.
It was also unclear why British Airway did not have the latest no-fly list, but a U.S. government official told CNN the method of distributing the list changed recently, and may have resulted in the lapse.
A call to the airline was not immediately returned.
Flight 175 landed back in London without incident and the passenger was taken into custody by Metropolitan Police, the airline said.
Police said they questioned and released the man at 8:40 p.m. (3:40 p.m. ET).
In the United States, Transportation Security Administration officials said federal authorities asked British Airways to divert the plane to Bangor, Maine, after the positive match was discovered. British Airways opted instead to return to Heathrow, officials said.
"There was never a threat to the airplane," the statement said.
01-14-2005, 06:44 AM #2Originally Posted by Badgerman
01-14-2005, 06:50 AM #3Originally Posted by ZOAIB
01-14-2005, 07:47 AM #4Originally Posted by Juggernaut
01-14-2005, 10:03 AM #5
If only the no fly list had existed a few years ago...... :spudnik2:
01-14-2005, 10:10 AM #6
But he was French...
The French never win, unless led by short, eccentric, miltary geniouses the likes of which we will never see again.
Originally Posted by Juggernaut
01-14-2005, 06:11 PM #7Originally Posted by odrorir
01-14-2005, 06:48 PM #8
What was he gonna do???.......jump up and down and yell Sacre Bleu?
01-16-2005, 04:43 AM #9Originally Posted by Badgerman
01-16-2005, 10:40 AM #10Writer
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I would have rather been on the Flight with the "Shoe-Bomber" ....remember that guy?
He tried to blow up the plane, and instead, ended up getting a huge can of Whup-Ass (American Style) opened on him by the passengers.
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