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Wednesday
Aug012012

Suspicious Camera Leads to United Flight Diversion

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- A United Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., to Geneva, Switzerland, was diverted to Boston Tuesday night when a flight attendant discovered a camera in a seat back pocket and could not locate the camera's owner, law enforcement officials and an airline spokesperson said.

United Airlines later identified the owner of the camera as it belonged to someone who flew on an earlier flight.

Richard Walsh, media relations representative for Massachusetts Port Authority, confirmed to ABC News that the flight to Geneva is scheduled to take off from Boston's Logan International Airport at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Boeing 767 has not yet departed Boston and it wasn't clear if that same plane will be used for the flight to Geneva.

Flight 956 took off from Newark at 6 p.m., with 157 passengers and 11 crew members aboard, according to officials and United's website.  The plane was escorted to Boston by two F-15's at 9:00 p.m. and landed approximately 15 minutes later "as a prudent precaution," according to NORAD.

But during the flight into Logan, there was another moment of concern -- one of the fighter escorts lost its avionics and issued an emergency, but NORAD said it was able to land safely at its home base.

Cameras are an object of concern for counter terrorism authorities.  In one of the post 9/11 airline terror plots, terrorists explored using camera bodies either as devices or as part of the mechanism for triggering a bomb.

More recently, ABC News has reported, al Qaeda bombmaker Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who is believed to be behind both underwear bomb plots, was working on new explosives that they hoped would pass an airport security screening.  One of those designs reportedly utilized a camera.

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Tuesday
May222012

International Flight Bound for US Diverted for Security Concerns

US Air(WASHINGTON) -- A US Airways flight from Paris continued its journey to Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday after it was diverted to Bangor, Maine, because of "suspicious behavior" by a female passenger.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told ABC News that the passenger, an unidentified woman born in Cameroon and traveling alone for a 10-day trip to the U.S., had passed a note to the flight crew saying that she had a surgically implanted device in her.

King said that when doctors examined the woman, they found no signs of recent scars. He said she had no checked baggage.

Another congressional official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the note had been written in French and did not mention a bomb.

The Transportation Security Administration said the passenger was being interviewed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

Andrew Christie of US Airways confirmed to ABC News that Flight 787 with 179 passengers and nine crew members onboard had been diverted around noon to Bangor International Airport because of a "security issue."

According to the TSA, the flight was redirected "out of an abundance of caution."

John Cornello, the spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, told ABC News that it had launched two F-15s from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts to intercept the US Airways aircraft.  

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Sunday
May082011

Delta Flight Diverted Due to Security Concern

Delta Air Lines (File)(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A Delta Air Lines flight headed from Detroit to San Diego on Sunday was forced to land in Albuquerque, New Mexico after officials say a potential security threat arose onboard.

A law enforcement official told ABC News that Delta flight 1706 was on the way to San Diego, when a flight attendant discovered a note with the word “bomb” written on it. Authorities say out of an abundance of caution, the plane was diverted to Albuquerque International Sunport, where investigators will likely sweep the aircraft and examine the note for fingerprints.

Delta Air Lines issued a statement saying the flight, which was carrying 137 passengers and six crew members, had landed safely and that the airline was cooperating with authorities.

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