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Diplomat Sneaking Smoke on Plane Triggers Major Terror Alert
Wednesday, 07 Apr 2010 10:28 PM
WASHINGTON – A Qatari diplomat trying to sneak a smoke in an airplane bathroom sparked a bomb scare Wednesday night on a flight from Washington to Denver, with fighter jets scrambled and law enforcement put on high alert, law enforcement officials said.
No explosives were found on the man. and officials do not believe he was trying to to harm anyone, according to a senior law enforcement officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The sources asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.
A law enforcement official said the incident appears to have been a misunderstanding after the man was confronted trying to sneak a smoke in the bathroom.
The official says the man "made a joke about it" — which only alarmed people further.
No explosives were found on the man and officials do not believe he was trying to harm anyone.
The official was not authorized to discuss details of the case and therefore spoke on condition of anonymity.