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pissedoff01 Donating Member (163 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 05:55 PM
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Drunk passenger locks himself in bathroom; NORAD scrambles two F-16s for rescue
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http://www.denverpost.com/ci_14150352

F-16s scrambled and airliner diverted to Colorado Springs due to unruly passenger
By Howard Pankratz

Two F-16s under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command were scrambled today after the pilot of an AirTran flight from Atlanta to San Francisco reported an unruly passenger on board.

According to NORAD, the fighters were launched at 11:44 a.m. to escort the flight.

The Boeing 737 with 132 passengers and crew on board was diverted to the Colorado Springs Airport.

An intoxicated passenger who was disruptive had locked himself in a bathroom, according to John McGinley, assistant director of the Colorado Springs Airport.

McGinley said the airport received a phone call at 11:30 a.m. from AirTran alerting them to the situation. He said the plane landed at 11:55 a.m.
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