Alert readers have reported that their flight, United Airlines 3681, from St. Louis to Washington Dulles had to make an emergency return to the gate as it prepared for take-off. According to local officials, it was found that two men who had boarded the plane as ‘federal air marshals’ didn’t have the proper credentials. Passengers were deplaned, all luggage was removed and re-scanned. All passengers were also re-screened. Passengers are now in the process of re-boarding. There is no word on the two ‘air marshals.’
BigGovernment has contacted security officials in St. Louis. We will report back what we hear. Interestingly, we understand that Oliver North is on the flight, as well.
A video of an interview with one of the passengers is at Big Government.
Update: Reports coming in this afternoon about three passengers who locked themselves in a bathroom on American Airlines Flight 34 from Los Angeles to JFK in NY this afternoon.
Dry run? Aborted terrorist attack?
Or yet another “misunderstanding?”
Three passengers caused a scare on a flight from Los Angeles to John F. Kennedy airport when they refused to come out of a bathroom.
A security official initially said fighter jets had been launched. Another security official said later that they had been set to launch and it was not immediately known whether they were in the air.
The three passengers on American Airlines Flight 34 went into a bathroom and were “not compliant.”
The passengers are reportedly now back in their seats.
The flight is set to arrive at JFK at 4:25 p.m. Investigators are waiting for the plane to land.
More updates via Twitter compiled here.
The plane reportedly landed safely at JFK; FBI confirmed that an air marshal was on board.
Update: 6:40pm …The incident has been deemed “not terror-related.” Just “some unruly passengers.”
Read the entire article at MichelleMalkin.com and watch the video interview of James Woods by Bill O’Reilly about a flight Woods took in August 2001.