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Diverted Flight Is False Alarm

U.S. officials ordered a Paris-to-Boston Air France jet carrying 196 passengers to divert to Bangor, Maine, yesterday because the name of a passenger on board appeared to match that of a suspected terrorist on the no-fly list. It turned out to be a false alarm. The Department of Homeland Security realized mid-flight that a passenger’s Middle Eastern name was spelled only slightly differently from the suspected terrorist on the watch list and his date of birth matched exactly, according to a government source familiar with the incident. But by that point, the source said, the Airbus A330-200 was three hours from landing in the United States and officials decided to divert the plane. After detaining and questioning the male passenger and three family members, officials concluded it was not the same person as the suspected terrorist on the list.Full Story

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