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Flight to BWI diverted due to passenger's 'suspicious behavior'
Baltimore Sun ^ | 9-10-11 | Jessica Anderson

Posted on 09/10/2011 7:21:26 PM PDT by icwhatudo

A Southwest flight carrying 115 passengers from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to BWI Airport was diverted to Nashville International Airport due to a passenger's "suspicious behavior," an airline spokesman said.

(Excerpt) Read more at baltimoresun.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: 911terrorthreat; airport; bwi; congressman; dfwairport; electronicdevice; farenthold; flight; flight1316; suspiciousincident

1 posted on 09/10/2011 7:21:31 PM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: icwhatudo
More here!
2 posted on 09/10/2011 7:23:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: icwhatudo
My congressman's flight from DFW to DCA was canceled due to a couple of suspicious looking men wearing athletic clothing.

Farenthold witness to security scare on board D.C.-bound flight

By Rick Spruill

Thursday, September 8, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI — U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold on Wednesday witnessed the effects of a perceived security threat while on board a commercial airliner.

The first-term congressman and his wife were taken off a Washington, D.C.-bound American Airlines plane at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport after officials escorted two men off the plane and required all other passengers to undergo additional security screening.

Farenthold, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said the men's dress and demeanor raised other passenger's suspicions, including his own.

"They both looked in their mid-20s and both were dressed inappropriately for their build," he said. "They were wearing ill-fitting athletic gear but were in no physical shape to be wearing it. It looked like I would look if I were in that sort of clothing."

He said they also were carrying something like a small, portable electronic device.

A flight attendant noticed the men and called security. They arrived about 10 minutes later and escorted the men off the plane, Farenthold said.

Authorities interviewed the two passengers and released them without charges, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration said.

TSA workers escorted Farenthold and his wife off the plane after verifying his identity as a congressman.

"Even though I don't consider myself a high value target, they apparently do," he quipped.

He said it was a lesson in the importance of passenger awareness, a tenet regularly espoused by Homeland Security officials.

"Human interaction does work," he said. "I once got an on airplane without talking to a human being other than to say 'Thank you.' That's a problem. Our agents need to be engaged with people — you can learn a lot just from one sentence, even if it is just asking someone where they are headed."

Tim Smith, a spokesman for American Airlines, said all 140 passengers were put on later flights to Washington.


3 posted on 09/10/2011 7:29:07 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Nice to know that they did not arrest the Congressman for being racist. I don’t know if people are allowed to express concern over others who are wearing a mooselimb outfit.


4 posted on 09/10/2011 7:37:42 PM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We need to fix things ourselves)
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To: Paleo Conservative
" "They both looked in their mid-20s and both were dressed inappropriately for their build," he said."

Great story. I especially appreciate the detailed description of the suspects. It must describe, oh I don't know, a couple of dozen. . . million people. Please keep reporting and we'll keep being informed. lol

5 posted on 09/10/2011 7:37:59 PM PDT by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard / The democrat party "Can Go Straight To Hell".)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Mr. Spruill, what makes you think “”Even though I don’t consider myself a high value target, they apparently do” was a quip? Given the size of Congressional egos, he might have been speaking honestly.


6 posted on 09/10/2011 7:38:46 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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Be on the lookout for this man: Jude Kenan Mohammed. FBI Releases Photo of American-Born Muslim Wanted for 911 Jihad Threat
7 posted on 09/10/2011 7:40:42 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Half the people in Walmart wear ill-fitting clothing and they’re in no physical shape to be wearing it.


8 posted on 09/10/2011 7:42:30 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

They were probably just Europeans, gettin ready for the speedo scare game at the beach.


9 posted on 09/10/2011 7:46:48 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Beware of PaulBots tearing down good conservatives - they are deceptive weasles.)
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To: icwhatudo

If the atheletic suits don’t fit, you must acquit.


10 posted on 09/10/2011 7:48:05 PM PDT by takenoprisoner (Constitutional Conservatism is Americanism.)
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To: icwhatudo; a fool in paradise
Tomorrow's headlines today:

Suspects Suspected of Suspicious Behaviour!


11 posted on 09/10/2011 7:49:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ArchAngel1983
They probably just didn't want to offend these people by disclosing their identity:

12 posted on 09/10/2011 7:51:58 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: PieterCasparzen; ArchAngel1983; ProtectOurFreedom; ladyjane; rbmillerjr; takenoprisoner; ...

Here’s a link to a video from the local NBC affiliate.

http://www.kristv.com/news/rep-farenthold-s-flight-to-d-c-canceled-after-security-scare/#!prettyPhoto[gallery]/1/


13 posted on 09/10/2011 7:52:26 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Vigilanteman

OMG, that looks like Little House on the Prairie, only in black and white!


14 posted on 09/10/2011 8:11:21 PM PDT by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard / The democrat party "Can Go Straight To Hell".)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I was glad to hear the congressman say those body scanners were a waste of money. Does anyone think he grasps the need to profile, yet?


15 posted on 09/10/2011 8:16:03 PM PDT by takenoprisoner (Constitutional Conservatism is Americanism.)
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To: icwhatudo

There seems to be two different incidents getting crossed up here.


16 posted on 09/10/2011 8:19:22 PM PDT by WePledge (Ich werde fur immer ein Hollenhund werden. Semper Fidelis)
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To: WePledge
There seems to be two different incidents getting crossed up here.

No kidding...the post started out on Southwest, then it suddenly jumped to American.

At least the congressman was escorted off to safety, right? Everyone else...wait here.

17 posted on 09/10/2011 9:04:13 PM PDT by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: combat_boots

How about if we just keep an eye on anyone with first name, middle name, or last name of Mohammed?

And of course we’ll always keep an eye out for Mullah Omar.


18 posted on 09/10/2011 9:09:01 PM PDT by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: icwhatudo; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...
Did the suspicious behavior include cries of Allaaaaaaaaahu akbar?

(The article did not elaborate on the behavior.)

Maryland "Freak State" PING!

19 posted on 09/10/2011 9:12:52 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Last time this happened we sent a Pakistani military delegation packing because an airline pilot didn’t want to fly them to see the admirals waiting for them in Tampa. Small wonder they went shopping to the chi-coms right after.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/31/AR2010083105735.html


20 posted on 09/10/2011 9:19:38 PM PDT by Sundog (It takes a darn good reason for me to break down and post something these days.)
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To: ladyjane
'Half the people in Walmart wear ill-fitting clothing and they’re in no physical shape to be wearing it.'

Were you the one following me down the beer and wine aisle the other day and snickering at my gym shorts?

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

21 posted on 09/10/2011 9:21:04 PM PDT by Viking2002 (RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!!!)
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To: icwhatudo

Pet Peeve department

Headlines like this always get me.

I read it and wonder “What the hell is a “Farenthold” ?”


22 posted on 09/10/2011 9:31:42 PM PDT by faucetman (Just the facts ma'am, just the facts)
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To: Jane Long

“Hi-jacked” thread.

This was supposed to be about B-more, man!


23 posted on 09/10/2011 9:43:17 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
"They were wearing ill-fitting athletic gear but were in no physical shape to be wearing it."

That's a terrorist red flag now?!?!


24 posted on 09/10/2011 9:47:36 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: icwhatudo
I live in ABQ and have taken this flight. While I am always vigilant when traveling, Albuquerque is usually a low stress place on any itinerary because there are almost no Moooslims.
25 posted on 09/11/2011 6:52:28 AM PDT by joelt
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