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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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  -Drunk passenger locks himself in bathroom; NORAD scrambles two F-16s for rescue pissedoff01  Jan-08-10 04:55 PM   #0 
  - *makes mental note* No more drinking while flying.  goldcanyonaz   Jan-08-10 04:57 PM   #1 
  - "Locked himself in bathroom"?  Bonobo   Jan-08-10 05:03 PM   #2 
  - If you refuse to come out, perhaps  uppityperson   Jan-08-10 05:05 PM   #4 
  - Well, I may very well give them a series of "Hang on a second!" cries...  Bonobo   Jan-08-10 05:09 PM   #7 
     - "WTF is the purpose of security (checking bags, etc.) BEFORE if it doesn't give you the confidence t  uppityperson   Jan-08-10 05:37 PM   #12 
  - Of course  malaise   Jan-08-10 05:11 PM   #8 
     - I better take that imodium next week. nt  Bonobo   Jan-08-10 05:12 PM   #9 
        - LOL  malaise   Jan-08-10 05:48 PM   #15 
  - Rescue?  kenny blankenship   Jan-08-10 05:05 PM   #3 
  - Isn't intoxication on a domestic flight supposed to be impossible?  wuushew   Jan-08-10 05:06 PM   #5 
  - You can get pretty buzzed in first class  FarCenter   Jan-08-10 05:13 PM   #10 
  - He was probably just taking a long piss  Cali_Democrat   Jan-08-10 05:08 PM   #6 
  - What were they going to do. Shoot him out of the toilet?  hobbit709   Jan-08-10 05:19 PM   #11 
  - Or take the whole plane out...just in case it was headed somewhere "major"?  Desertrose   Jan-08-10 05:38 PM   #13 
  - This has to be AirTran flight 39 from ATL to SFO  wuushew   Jan-08-10 05:43 PM   #14 
  - Delete.  TheWatcher   Jan-08-10 05:51 PM   #16 
  - Isn't there a key to override the locks in these stalls?  NNN0LHI   Jan-08-10 06:18 PM   #17 
  - and yet on 9/11 NORAD took over an hour to respond  happy_liberal   Jan-08-10 07:20 PM   #18 
 

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