Skip to comments.Passenger's Claim Shuts Down Customs at Detroit Airport
Posted on 08/13/2006 1:04:55 AM PDT by conservative in nyc
The U.S. Customs area at Detroit Metropolitan Airport was briefly shut down today after a passenger claimed he had contaminated everyone on a flight from Amsterdam.
Officials say a U.S citizen got off a Northwest Airlines flight and implied to the crew he had a biological agent of some sort and had contaminated the flight.
Airport emergency medical technicians examined the man and decided that he did not pose a health risk.
The man was eventually allowed to leave.
It took about 90 minutes to investigate, and other passengers from Amsterdam were delayed in leaving. Passengers on two flights from Japan were not allowed to enter the customs area for about an hour during the investigation.
So why is a person who causes a major public disturbance (at great expense to others) not named? Would we learn something from the name that is not in the article?
A mental case is permitted to leave but not in a straight jacket.
It was most certainly a loony liberal out for attention....
Why was he allowed to leave? He should have been charged with interfering in a flight.
And billed for the expense of the delays and the investigation!
I'm just reading between the lines here, but it sounds as if he was either some nut or a wiseacre college kid who made a bad joke. He was coming from Amsterdam, after all. It said that he "implied" there was a biological agent. I'd like to know his exact words to the crew as he was exiting the plane.
"I'm just reading between the lines here, but it sounds as if he was either some nut or a wiseacre college kid who made a bad joke."
That's what I'm thinking. Sort of like the people who have been arrested for "Yes I packed my bag myself sir, I had to make sure the bomb was packed correctly, ho ho ho" sort of comments at check in.
Right. Or, "Hey, isn't that John F. Kennedy? HI JACK! Ho Ho Ho."
People like this need to be tagged before they're released. At least put on the "No fly" list unless accompanied by a responsible adult (if presumed to be merely mentally unstable)
Well, I don't know... If he was suffering from a mental disorder, it might have infected any liberals who were on the plane with him.
Why wasn't he arrested for causing a disturbance? His words didn't fall under 'freedom of speech'...he basically yelled "Fire" in a crowded airport! What if he, himself is the vessel and was contaminated hours before the flight?
Wrong move on the part of security...he should have been detained and quarentined...idiots.
"The man was eventually allowed to leave."
WTF, O? Why isn't this guy in jail, and why isn't the fool who let him walk away out of a job?
They should have at least thouroughly kicked his a** first.
I have a feeling that this guy probably was ticked off at the heightened security measures for flights into the US. I was in Hong Kong airport the day after the terror plot was found out and there were all sorts of people who had flown in from Europe and were on layovers for flights to the US holding their little plastic bags and griping and whining about the security measures to anyone who would listen. The guy was probably complaining with a sarcastic joke one last time before he got off the flight. He was probably just an idiot.
Good point."And billed for the expense of the delays and the investigation."Which easily runs into the thousands of dollars.
this reminds me of a return flight from germany about 8 years
ago. after a delayed take off and the long trans atlantic
trek, we were delayed at detroit metro for over an hour. it
seemed like an eternity, with my nicotine starving hubby.
those poor flight attendants fell victims to his outrage. seems
it was due to a bottle neck at customs caused by an overflow
of flights arriving from japan, i believe. ugh!
Good point, but I'm speechless that they let him go and didn't charge him with anything!!!!! Guess Customs at Detroit Metropolitan Airport is so crappy it's a terrorits magnet.
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