BWI Passengers Tense After Security Threat Over The Weekend

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Tense moments for airline passengers. Fighter jets were scrambled twice over the weekend and a plane even had to be diverted from BWI because of a threat.

Mary Bubala has the latest.

The rhythm at BWI was back to normal Monday after several incidents both here and across the nation.

At New York’s JFK Airport, security swarmed an American Airlines flight after three passengers made repeated trips to the bathroom.

“They were very alarmed, said, `We need everybody to remain seated. Do not get up,'” said one passenger.

Law enforcement interviewed the three passengers and later said it was not terror-related. It was the air marshals on board who directed the F-16s.

In Detroit, a Frontier Airlines flight landed with an ominous message from the captain.

“He said, `Don’t move. There will be consequences,'” said a passenger. “Guys came on with machine guns, told us to keep our heads down and they hauled off three people in cuffs.”

Two male and a female passenger were behaving suspiciously and two of them had spent an extraordinarily long time in a bathroom, according to the flight crew. Two more F-16s were scrambled in an abundance of caution. The plane was searched and authorities say the threat was not terror-related.

At Dulles Airport, several gates were evacuated after a suspicious item was found. Bomb-sniffing dogs found nothing wrong.

At BWI Thurgood Marshall, a Southwest flight headed to Baltimore had to be diverted because someone on board was acting suspiciously. The plane detoured to Nashville and the passenger did not continue on the flight to Baltimore. Authorities say this threat was also not terror-related.

In all, there were five separate airplane-related terror scares during the 9/11 anniversary weekend. There were also a handful of bomb threats across the country.

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  • Nick

    “It was the air marshalls on board who directed the F-16s.” This is the sentence with the typo of marshal. Not Thurgood Marshall just to clarify.

  • Lisa

    When refering to a U.S Air Marshal, that is the correct spelling.

  • Kimberly Webster

    Here is a follow-up and more details of the events on the Detroit flight:

  • james

    Corrupt DoJ, DoD and CIA employees had taken bribes from Al Quida in exchange for information and logistics support during the four years prior to 9/11.

    When one considers that the 9/11 terrorists could take jumbo jet flying lessons, move about the US unobstructed, live for several weeks less than 2 miles from NSA head quarters and be on State Department watch lists, besides there being some proof of it, this makes sense.

  • Miek Jones

    This follow-up article is a bunch of BS. If these people would stop looking suspicious and stop going to the bathroom twenty times on a 2 hr flight then we might not get these feelings. I was on a flight Saturday evening and this man of Arab decent was sitting next to me. Not only till I have to smell his stinking ass for 2 straight hours but he making me nervous do to the fact that he wouldn’t stay still. Then his counterpart, who was sitting across the aisle from us, kept looking over and was making me even more nervous. I tell you what though, the fact that “he was of the Arab decent,” I didn’t take the corner of my eye off of him the entire flight. To be completely honest if they were not of the Arab decent I probably wouldn’t have be as worried but realistically the Middle Eastern’s made it that way in the US, it wasn’t something we created. A simple fix is to either deal with the profiling that you all created or get stay the hell out of the US.

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