Two Air France flights to Paris from the US were diverted after apparent bomb threats yesterday, while on a British Airways flight from London to Boston, cabin crew restrained an “unruly” woman after odd and ambiguous behaviour.
The two Air France flights were diverted after anonymous security threats were received, Air France said.
A separate Air France flight that left Dulles International Airport outside Washington diverted to Halifax International Airport in Nova Scotia, in eastern Canada after another unspecified security concern.
The airline, and France itself, is on high alert following the recent Paris massacre, and a massive shootout in Paris yesterday between Paris police and a cell of terrorist suicide bombers.
Air France tweeted that flights AF065 from Los Angeles and AF055 from Washington were “subjects of anonymous threats received after their respective take-offs”.
“As a precautionary measure and to conduct all necessary security checks, Air France, applying the safety regulations in force, decided to request the landings of both aircraft,” it said.
The aircraft were thoroughly inspected before being allowed to take off again.
Meanwhile, police and state troopers met British Airways flight 213 at Boston’s Logan International Airport to arrest a female passenger.
Conflicting reports circulated about what quite she had been doing.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the passenger was restrained after allegedly trying to “open an exit door.” State police, however, said British Airways informed them a passenger had tried to enter the cockpit.
“We have not yet confirmed that she tried to enter the cockpit or, if she did, what her motivation for doing so was,” said Dave Procopio, director of media communications for the Massachusetts State Police told Fox News in the US.
“The plane is on the ground and troopers are presently boarding it to take the passenger into custody and interview flight crew and witnesses,” Procopio said.
CNN added another snippet of information, quoting state police saying the woman was drunk and would most likely be charged with interfering with a flight crew.
A British Airways spokeswoman said only that the flight’s crew “requested that police meet the flight in Boston due to an unruly customer on board”.
Written by Peter Needham