Unruly Passenger Diverts AirTran Flight

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The TSA tells CBS News that AirTran Flight 39, a 737 was en route from Atlanta to San Francisco, was diverted to Colorado Springs due to an unruly passenger.

The passenger locked himself in a lavatory. The plane landed safely at approximately 12:00 noon local time and the passenger in question is in custody.

NORAD confirms it scrambled two F-16s in response.

The incident comes two days after two F-15 fighter jets escorted a flight bound for Hawaii back to Portland International Airport after a passenger became disruptive Wednesday afternoon.

Hawaiian Airlines flight 39 from Portland to Kahului Airport in Maui returned to Portland after a passenger made threatening remarks and refused to store his carry-on bag.

  • CBSNews


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