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AF Flight Diverted

Mon Nov 22, 2004 2:48 am

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?

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RE: AF Flight Diverted

Mon Nov 22, 2004 2:55 am

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


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RE: AF Flight Diverted

Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:04 am

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....
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RE: AF Flight Diverted

Mon Nov 22, 2004 3:42 am

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.

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RE: AF Flight Diverted

Mon Nov 22, 2004 4:02 am

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.
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RE: AF Flight Diverted

Mon Nov 22, 2004 7:34 am

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

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RE: AF Flight Diverted

Tue Nov 23, 2004 9:03 pm

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
 
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RE: AF Flight Diverted

Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:55 am

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"....
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RE: AF Flight Diverted

Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:58 am

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 !
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RE: AF Flight Diverted

Wed Nov 24, 2004 2:26 am

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.

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