A US Airways jetliner en route from Paris to Charlotte, North Carolina, has been diverted to Bangor, Maine, for a "security issue," airline spokesman Andrew Christie told CNN.
A Transportation Safety Administration statement said the plane has landed safely in Bangor.
"TSA is aware of reports of a passenger who exhibited suspicious behavior during flight. Out of an abundance of caution the flight was diverted to BGR where it was met by law enforcement," the statement said.
Al Qaeda bomb maker known for "brutality"
This undated file photo released Oct. 31, 2010, by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior purports to show Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri. (AP Photo/Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior)
(AP) DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri has built a reputation as al Qaeda's bomb-making savant one potential near miss at time: Explosive-rigged underwear aboard a Christmas flight to the U.S. in 2009, printers fitted with high-grade explosives the next year and now possibly a metal-free device that could avoid airport detectors.
Before those failed attempts, he staged an even more audacious attack: Turning his own brother into a suicide bomber in a mission that injured Saudi Arabia's top counterterrorism official and was later decried by the U.S. State Department for its "brutality, novelty and sophistication."
Cassi Creek: This type of event, a plane diverted from its original flight plan is going to become more common as the drive by Muslim extremists to down another U.S. aircraft becomes stronger. The hatred of the U.S. by Al Queda in Yemen is perhaps greater than that displayed by bin Laden’s original gangs of terrorists.
There will be no negotiations with this band of murderers. There will be no intercession by more moderate religious leaders. These fanatics believe their orders come from Allah and that the higher the death toll they create, the greater their reward in their imagined after life. There is no way to reason with religious fanatics who believe they are commanded by a deity.
The complexity of this designer’s bombs has become greater over time. Our public announcements, when we locate one of his bombs, tells him more about how we are blocking his goals. It would be better, in my opinion, if his bomb carriers simply vanished, providing him no feedback.
Until we can locate and execute this terrorist our passengers and planes will be at increased risk of assassination. I have absolutely no qualms about using every means at our disposal to eliminate this. Nor should Obama. Every terrorist removed lessens the risk to U.S. and other country’s air passengers. Every terrorist removed should translate into votes for Obama in November.