“REPORT: TERROR SUSPECT Landing At Cincinnati Airport” says this Columbus Ohio local NBC webpage:
The plane is Delta flight 043. It left Paris at 11:20 a.m. and is scheduled to land at 2:30 p.m.
The flight is said to be of interest because of a potential terrorism suspect on board, according to WLWT.
According to reports, a woman was removed from the flight before it took off from Paris because she had an electronic device that was causing some suspicion.
The plane will be held in an area away from the terminal when it lands. Passengers will be re-screened as a precaution when the plane lands in Cincinnati, WLWT reported.
NBC news is reporting that officials want to speak with 14 people on board.
Additional details are forthcoming.
Here are a few more details.
UPDATE: Here’s the page that Matt Drudge links to. It may open very slowly, probably because Matt’s traffic is blowing out its server. But it lists flight 043 as an Air France flight, not Delta.
Which makes sense. As Mark Steyn wrote, “It’s interesting that, during the recent security scares, the terrorists seem to have been targeting BA and Air France. They seem to reckon they’ve a better chance of pulling something on a non-US airline. I hope that’s not true, and that when the next shoebomber bends down to light his sock, he’ll find himself sitting next to some gung-ho Brit rather than the ‘peace and solidarity’ type.”
UPDATE (12:01 PM): Sounds like a false alarm. The Channel Cincinnati.com page I linked to above has been updated to include these details:
The fighter jets were called off before the plane, Delta flight 043, landed. It left Paris at 11:20 a.m. and was scheduled to land at about 3:20 p.m., WLWT Eyewitness News 5 reported.
According to reports, a woman was removed from the flight before it took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport because she had a coat with wires protruding from it.
The coat turned out to be a motorcycle jacket that works like an electric blanket, and the woman was booked onto a later flight, WLWT reported.
U.S. officials were notified after the woman was removed “out of an abundance of caution,” a U.S. official said. The officials said several flights have been escorted in recent months as a precaution.
The plane will be held in an area away from the terminal when it lands, and passengers will be re-screened as a precaution when the plane lands in Cincinnati, WLWT reported.
But one question remains: why would you wear a leather jacket (or any jacket), with wires protruding from it on an airline flight??