Will there ever be an end to the airline embarrassments? Fighter jets were scrambled to escort a flight bound for Detroit when an alarm was sounded for suspicious activity. The airliner landed without a problem.
Afterward, there was some discussion that the fuss was over a couple inviting themselves to join the mile-high club, but that turned out to be nothing more than rumor. As it turns out, all the federal attention – including an FBI investigation – was over a case of Montezuma’s Revenge.
There was no romantic couple. It was a single man with a window seat and an upset stomach, who was forced to make multiple trips to the toilet. The passengers on his row were obliged to stand up to allow him to pass by, raising the attention of those seated nearby.
All three persons were detained and questioned by the FBI, but were later released. None of the three even knew each other, and none entered the bathroom at the same time as another, as some passengers had believed.
Those aboard the flight were no doubt somewhat antsy as to the possibility of terrorist activity, due to the 9/11 date and the government’s statement that a ‘credible threat’ existed, as determined by information provided by a single source. The threat was centered around discussion of a truck bomb targeting New York or Washington DC.
Flight 623 from Denver to Detroit was not the only request for fighter jet escorts on Sunday. Flight 34 from Los Angeles to New York also suffered through a nervous crew due to bathroom activity, but it was cleared by air marshals before jets were deployed. Three persons were detained and questioned regarding the Flight 34 activity as well, but all were released.