(WASHINGTON) — A US Airways flight from Paris continued its journey to Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday after it was diverted to Bangor, Maine, because of “suspicious behavior” by a female passenger.
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told ABC News that the passenger, an unidentified woman born in Cameroon and traveling alone for a 10-day trip to the U.S., had passed a note to the flight crew saying that she had a surgically implanted device in her.
King said that when doctors examined the woman, they found no signs of recent scars. He said she had no checked baggage.
Another congressional official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the note had been written in French and did not mention a bomb.
The Transportation Security Administration said the passenger was being interviewed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.
Andrew Christie of US Airways confirmed to ABC News that Flight 787 with 179 passengers and nine crew members onboard had been diverted around noon to Bangor International Airport because of a “security issue.”
According to the TSA, the flight was redirected “out of an abundance of caution.”
John Cornello, the spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, told ABC News that it had launched two F-15s from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts to intercept the US Airways aircraft.
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