Unruly passenger forces Paris-bound US jet to divert
American Airlines flight from New York to Paris was diverted to Boston after a passenger refused to cooperate with flight crew
NEW YORK, February 8, 2008 - An American Airlines flight from New York to
Paris was diverted to Boston late Wednesday after a passenger refused to
cooperate with flight crew, officials said.
Airline spokesman Tim Wagner said the flight carrying 136 passengers and at
least seven crew made the unscheduled stop after the passenger became
uncooperative around one hour into the transatlantic flight.
"This male passenger was reported as being non-compliant with flight
attendant requests to sit down and remain seat-belted. He was walking back and
forth in the aisle and appeared to be emotionally disturbed," Wagner said.
The plane stopped at Boston for just over an hour while the passenger was
removed. The flight then continued to Paris, where it arrived two hours 45
minutes late, Wagner said.
According to Massachusetts state police, the passenger, named as French
national Ansoumane Conde, was removed from the plane and transferred into the
custody of immigration authorities.
A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration arm of the
Department of Homeland Security was not immediately available to explain why
Conde had been detained.
Police spokesman Trooper Eric Benson said Conde was not arrested and would
face no criminal charges from Massachusetts police, while Wagner played down
media reports that Conde had struck a flight attendant.
"We don't have any record of that," he said.