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Thursday, July 12, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via the BBC: False alarm diverts US-UK flight

A flight from Los Angeles to London was diverted to New York City’s JFK airport after the crew reported a suspicious passenger, US officials have said.

Police boarded American Airlines Flight 136 after it made an emergency landing at 0352 (0752 GMT) and detained a man of Middle Eastern descent, CNN TV said.

US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the man was an employee who was flying in a private capacity.

Mr Chertoff told CNN it may have simply have been a “misunderstanding”.

“I think the good news here, of course, is an alert crew sees something that’s anomalous or seems questionable and they take action,” he said.

Hmm, must’ve been a false gut-check.

The suspicious activity in question:

A flight attendant was reportedly concerned that a passenger had used the employee shuttle bus at LAX to board the plane and bypass security controls.


However, after questioning, it emerged the man was an American Airlines employee who had purchased a legitimate return ticket to London.

Shouldn’t there be a way to find that out with landing the plane in NY and wasting all that time?

Meanwhile, via the AP: Bogus company gets radioactives license:

- Congressional investigators set up a bogus company with only a postal box and within a month obtained a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that allowed them to buy enough radioactive material for a small “dirty bomb.”


Nobody at the NRC checked whether the company was legitimate and an agency official even helped the investigators fill out the application form…


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1 Comment

  1. Talk about irony. Government Executive Magazine’s weekly E-mail in advance of their 7/15 issue included this gem:

    Power Player
    By Katherine McIntire Peters
    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission hasn’t licensed a new reactor in three decades. That’s about to change in a big way.

    Comment by ts — Thursday, July 12, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

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