Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Northwest Flight 243 4 Unruly Passengers detained: NW 243 Amsterdam to Detroit

A Detroit station is reporting another unruly passenger on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit. This report came in at 2:07 p.m. EST, and said passengers were being "let off" the flight. Update: Four men of Middle Eastern descent caused the disturbance (alleged).Update 3:40 p.m. CDT: Detroit News says 4 passengers from Saudia Arabia are being questioned. See updated video below - which says FIVE men not, four were aboard and they were making jokes about terrorism.

An airport spokesman, Mike Conway, told Local 4, that the "incident" is not believed to be threatening. Local 4, however, says "there was a report of several unruly passengers on board.

Note that the Christmas Day underpants bomber was aboard Northwest Flight 253, but this report says is Flight 243.

FOXNews Detroit now has the report and confirms Flight 243. No arrests as of 2:30 p.m. CDT. Passengers not following flight attendants instructions:

The source says four men, thought to be of middle eastern descent, acted out in such a way that it forced the plane's pilots to stop it short of the terminal.  The men were removed from the plane while it was parked at the tarmac, away from the airport's passenger terminal. 
Update 3:40: p.m. CDT:
ClickOnDetroit says the 4 passengers from saudi Arabia are being questioned. The Airbus 330 had 254 passengers and 12 crew aboard. No injuries reported. Hmmm, is there still no threat???

FOXDetroit says the passengers were saying something in Arabic. Whatever it was alarmed the Arabic speaking Marshals! No explanation of what "unruly" might mean in this case. The men were released after questioning.

Update 9:04 p.m. CDT:
I reported earlier that these men were released. I've waited a few hours hoping to hear that was a mistake, but apparently these men, attempting to strike terror in the hearts of other passengers, were allowed to do just that. This report says one of the men put a blanket over his head on takeoff but did remove it when asked to do so. Another was joking that Americans were afraid of him. So what was this, a dry run! We'll never know, will we?

Read about Clogging the Intelligence Pipeline. Is that what this is all about? Keeping the pipeline so busy that we run out of personnel to really keep the country safe. See links below.

Thanks to Larwyn's Linxwhere you'll always find great reading.

Other recent airline events:
Hani Abdulelah Bukhari is Saudi Man Arrested in Manila - dressed as Pilot

Muhammad Abu Tahir disrespected on AirTran Flight 39

Muhammad Abu Tahir is AirTran Flight 39 Passenger Threw Shoes 

Mansor Mohammad Asad - Removed from Delta Flight: Son blames in on passengers.

AirTran Flight 297 - Muslim Men Disrupt - Disturbing Ride for Passengers lawsuit alert

AirTran Flight 175 Muslim Family Removed - lawsuit alert

Five Saudi Men Detained, Questioned (video)

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