Monday, September 12, 2011

Fighters scrambled to escort jumbo after passengers became suspicious of couple's lengthy 'making out' in the toilet - 12th Sept 2011

Two fighter jets escorted a jet airliner flight from Denver after two passengers locked themselves in an on board toilet - the second such incident today.

After Police detained and questioned three passengers at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport on Sunday after the crew of the Frontier Airlines flight reported suspicious activity on board, and two F-16 jets shadowed the flight until it landed safely, airline and federal officials said.

According to ABC news, law enforcement officials said the pair were 'making out'.

The Airbus 318 taxied to a pad away from the terminal, and police took three passengers into custody, Kowalchuck said.

Frontier Flight 623, with 116 passengers on board, landed without incident in Detroit at 3:30 pm EDT after the crew reported that two people were spending 'an extraordinarily long time' in a bathroom, Frontier spokesman Peter Kowalchuck said.

The news comes after The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled two F-16 jets to shadow the Boeing 767-200 Flight 34 until it landed safely at New York's Kennedy Airport at 4:10 pm today.

A law enforcement official said it wasn't thought to be terrorism, and American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said, 'In our eyes, it's a big nothing.'

The nature of the incident was unclear, but the passengers locked themselves in the bathroom and were still inside when the plane landed, the law enforcement official said.

The jets intercepted the flight about 100 miles west of New York and shadowed it until it landed, said John Cornelio, spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

He described the measure as precautionary. Read More