Unruly passenger arrested at Charlotte airport http://www.privateofficer.com
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www.privateofficer.com Authorities at the Charlotte Douglas Airport said a flight was diverted to the airport when an unruly and intoxicated passenger had to be restrained on board and the pilots needed law enforcement assistance. Federal agents and the airport police department responded to meet the plane on the tarmac and take custody of the female.
Police said that the crew used duct tape to restrain the unruly passenger on a flight from Puerto Rico to Chicago.
The FBI said the woman slapped a crew member on the buttocks and pulled a blind passenger’s hair.
FBI Agent Peter Carricato said the passenger also used profanity and was touching and jabbing other passengers.
Authorities said 45-year-old Maria Esther Castillo of Oswego, N.Y., has been charged with resisting arrest and interfering with the operations of a flight crew.
The flight was diverted Saturday to Charlotte, and police say that Castillo fought with police officers who came aboard the plane. She now faces a detention hearing on Thursday.
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US Airways flight forced to land after bomb threat http://www.privateofficer.com
There has been a reported bomb threat that forced a plane to be grounded at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte North Carolina late Wednesday night.
According to airport spokesperson Haley Gentry, US Airways 1285 from Baltimore to Charlotte had reports of a bomb threat while in flight. The plane was rushed to Charlotte and landed and was immediately taken to a secure location at the airfield.
Authorities including the Airport Police, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, fire and rescue personnel and the FBI responded and a bus was brought in to unload the passengers from the plane. We know there were 104 passengers and 5 crew members on the flight at the time the plane landed.
The flight was scheduled to land at 9:18 pm, but didn’t land until around 10:20 pm. The flight left Baltimore nearly an hour late.
The airspace over the airport was also ordered closed during this incident.
The mid-air scare caused a massive response of emergency workers to the Charlotte Douglas Airport and put the wheels in motion. Questions of terrorism immediately surfaced and Homeland Security was notified of the threat.
Investigators have not released how the threat came in or where it was received.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and FBI officers say that no explosive device was found and that they are still investigating.
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