United Airlines Flight Diverted After Camera Found in Unoccupied Seat; Air Canada Finds Sewing Needle in Sandwich on Board Flight
Onboard a United Airlines flight headed from Newark, New Jersey to Switzerland, the crew found a camera in an unoccupied seat. Therefore, the TSA diverted the plane to Boston.
Rick Leventhal reports that a United Airlines attendant alerted pilots after finding a camera inside an air sick bag in a seat back pocket. When no one on board claimed the camera, the pilots made an emergency call to air traffic control prompting one controller to tell another, “I can’t delay him. He’s got a big problem. I got to get him in here quick.”
Fighter pilots from the Massachusetts International Guard scrambled two F-15s to escort the plane to Logan Airport in Boston out of an abundance of caution. In Boston, all the passengers had to leave their belongings on board, and deplane while the lost camera was checked out by bomb techs.
Leventhal said that it turned out to be harmless and it was just a previous passenger’s camera that was left behind. The diverted travelers are now scheduled to fly to Geneva today.
In discussing other airplane incidents, a month after needles were found in six sandwiches on Delta flights, another needle was found yesterday by a passenger on an Air Canada flight. Leventhal said that officials are saying that a sewing needle was found inside a sandwich, but they are not sure if this is a copycat.
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