US plane diverted to Florida in terror scare

By AP
January 30, 2010 05:07

 
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A Continental Airlines jetliner flying from Newark, New Jersey, to Bogota, Colombia, was diverted to Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday over suspicion that a passenger was on the government's watch list of suspected terrorists banned from commercial flights. It turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.



The passenger — one of 75 on board — was cleared by the FBI at Jacksonville International Airport and permitted to continue on the flight to Colombia, the Transportation Security Administration said.



Despite its safe conclusion, the tense situation that arose from diverting a passenger jet after takeoff because of security fears was unlikely to ease the anxiety of the American flying public after the Christmas Day episode in which a Nigerian passenger is accused of trying to explode a bomb inside a plane from Amsterdam to Detroit, Michigan.

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