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
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.
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.