No Drills to Confuse NORAD this time.
Comment: No Presidential orders needed, the scrambling of fighter jets
in this situation is automatic and has been for decades. So where were the F-16s
on 9/11? Why were three airliners allowed to hit their targets despite being
known to be hijacked?
A passenger who claimed to have a bomb aboard a United Airlines flight was subdued
by passengers as the California-bound plane was diverted to Denver International
Airport, airport officials said.
Two F-16 fighter jets from Buckley Air Force Base scrambled to escort the plane
as it flew into Denver Friday, according to Lt. Commander Sean Kelly, a spokesman
"They followed to make sure nothing untoward was going to happen,"
Jose Manuel Pelayo-Ortega was arrested after the plane landed around 4:30 p.m.,
FBI spokeswoman Monique Kelso said.
Three Secret Service agents traveling between assignments who happened to be
on the plane helped detain the passenger, said Secret Service spokesman Eric
After the A-320 Airbus landed, it taxied to a remote part of the airport where
the passengers got off and were bused to the terminal.
None of the 138 passengers or six crew members was injured, airport spokesman
Chuck Cannon said. The flight was headed to Sacramento, Calif., from Chicago.
Authorities searched the aircraft for explosives and re-screened luggage and
passengers before they reboarded the plane, which took off for its original
destination around 7:30 p.m., Kelso said.