Cockpit attack highlights four on-board incidents last weekend
Five airline passengers were removed from aircraft over the weekend. Law enforcement officials say that they do not believe terrorism played a role in any of the four incidents.
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In another incident, a Delta Airlines flight from Detroit to San Diego was diverted to Albuquerque, N. M., after a flight attendant found a threatening note in the airplane bathroom. Officials searched the plane using bomb-sniffing dogs and interviewed others aboard the aircraft – crew members and 107 of 137 passengers – before allowing the plane to continue on to San Diego.Skip to next paragraph
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Both planes reached their final destinations without further incident.
Incident on Friday
On May 6, two Muslim men – an imam and an adjunct professor of Arabic – were asked to deplane an Atlantic Southeast Airlines flight after the pilots had pulled away from the gate. The men were were traveling from Memphis to North Carolina to attend a conference on Islamophobia, and both were wearing traditional clothing.
After they were removed from the flight, the men were given an extra security screening while officials searched the area around their seats. Although nothing unusual was found, the pilot reportedly refused to allow the men back on the plane, forcing them to take a later flight.
TSA: Security measures same 'as always'
The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has not indicated that it anticipates reprisals or has changed security policies in the wake of bin Laden's death. A TSA spokesman decline to comment on the matter.
On May 2, the day after bin Laden's death, the TSA released a short statement reaffirming its efforts to keep air travel safe: “As always, passengers may notice a variety of security measures at U.S. airports to include the use of physical bag checks, random gate screening, explosives detection technology, canine teams, and behavior detection officers."