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User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,139190,00.html

Why only question is, why do alot of European flights headed to the US, that get diverted end up landing at BGR?

AA777jr

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User currently offline1millionflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

Becuase it is the first airport in the US with Customs and 90% of Tran-Atlantic flights cross right over it anyway.


[Edited 2004-11-21 19:13:11]

User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

It is the first US airport after crossing the Atlantic...
It has a HUGE ramp and is easy to isolate an aircraft if needed....
There is a US Federal Court House in town, so it's easy to prosecute....
There are US Customs, US Imigration and FBI Offices in town....



"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4118 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2906 times:

In addition to the reasons noted above, Bangor has 'experience' dealing with this sort of thing. Several Canadian Maritime airports do, also. But in this case a U.S. airport was preferred.

Chris in NH


User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

I just wish the news media would learn how to say Bangor..!! It's not Ban-GER... It's Ban-GOR like.....Al GORE...!!! There is no E.


"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 2695 times:

I remember Halifax in Canada being used to deal with the 9/11 overflows when all US airports were closed.

AA777jr


User currently offlineFLYSSC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 7412 posts, RR: 57
Reply 6, posted (9 years 10 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

So, the flight was diverted after the U.S authorities determined that 1 of the 2 Moroccan PAX on board was on the NO-FLY list...

In that case, where is the interest to divert the plane to...BANGOR, Maine USA ???

AF026 was less than 2 hours away from IAD, its destination. Why didn't the U.S Officials simply waited to arrest them when they would arrive at DULLES ???  Insane

Moreover, the article says that they were finally transported to Massachusetts... to take a plane back to PARIS  Nuts


User currently offlineTeva From France, joined Jan 2001, 1872 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1475 times:

In addition to that, why did they arrest the second one, who was not on the no-fly list, and is 76 years old?
Anyway, it probably 2 more "ted kennedy"....
Teva



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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

The real question is why were these pax not stopped before they boarded. AFAIK the FIS has access to PNR records pre-departure, so unless these guys were NOREC's or LMC transfer pax, they should have been spotted and flagged way before the plane left France. No doubt US authorities went for the more dramatic course of action designed to garner maximum publicity for their anti-terrorism activities, which in this instance resulted in errrm no arrests and errrm no convictions. Good job !

User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1429 times:

Actually, the authorities were interested in one of those two people ... the second person was traveling with the other one.

It appears that the pesron is not even on the no-fly list.

Edit: I know that one of the pax is in Boston, but has not yet left (as of Monday 22NOV).

VERY strange ... I shall refrain from any more commentary.

[Edited 2004-11-23 18:27:33]


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