Transatlantic Flight Diverted to Maine After Unruly Passenger Mentions Explosives

A Delta Airlines transatlantic flight made an unscheduled landing in Maine on Tuesday after an unruly passenger made threatening comments involving explosives, according to three federal officials who asked for anonymity when talking about an incident still under investigation. The Paris-to-Atlanta flight, Delta 273, was diverted to Bangor after the passenger, who has not yet been identified publicly, apparently announced that he was in possession of explosives and a fake passport. Initial indications are that the plane was roughly 60 to 90 minutes away from Bangor at the time, probably somewhere over Canada, says one of the federal officials. All three officials say that the man was subdued by Federal Air Marshals who had been assigned to provide security for that particular flight.

Two of the officials say the man had a U.S. passport, although its authenticity is under investigation in light of his alleged claim it was a counterfeit. On the ground in Bangor, the man was handed over to law-enforcement officials there, says one of the officials, adding that charges might be filed against him by either federal or local authorities. The man's name was not on any list of known or suspected terrorists, according to one of the officials. All three officials say the case may have been just another minor incident that provoked extra attention because of public nervousness about airline security in the wake of 9/11 and the failed underpants bombing of an Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight on Christmas Day.

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