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Unruly passengers cause 2 flights to change course

• AP
Disruptive passengers caused two commercial airplanes to be diverted Friday, with military jets scrambling to escort a San Francisco-bound flight into a Colorado airport, authorities said.

Two F-16s were launched at 11:44 a.m. to catch up with AirTran Airways Flight 39 from Atlanta to San Francisco after a report that an intoxicated passenger had locked himself in a bathroom, the Colorado-based North American Aerospace Defense Command said.

The jets arrived over Colorado Springs Airport as the captain _ who AirTran said had decided to divert the plane _ landed there around noon, NORAD spokeswoman Stacey Knott said.

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Comment by Chris Wagner
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Sure a couple of drunks can get the F-16's up and flying  when 'Air traffic controllers lost radio communication with the Airbus A320, carrying 147 passengers and an unknown number of crew, for more than an hour', flying in the direction of a large city.... nothing.   http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/10/22/airliner.fly.by/index.html

Guess that wasn't in the plan book huh?


Comment by Lola Flores
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 Fearmongering at its best.


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