Sunday of security scares and disrupted flights in US airspace

Michael Garko, In Airline News

This weekend featured three flight diversions due to security scares and unruly passengers.

Sunday started out with a Continental flight that was scheduled from Houston Intercontinental to Chicago, being diverted after a 34-year old man attempted to open a cabin door near the front of the plane in mid-flight.  The rogue passenger was quickly ambushed by passengers, and the flight safely diverted to St. Louis.

Round two of the day took place aboard a Delta Air Lines flight.  The Detroit Free Press reports:

A Delta Air Lines flight from Detroit to San Diego was diverted to Albuquerque, N.M., on Sunday because of a reported security threat, but authorities found no suspicious devices on the plane, according to an FBI official.

The FBI cleared Flight 1706 to take off after its 137 passengers and crew members were interviewed, FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said.

Passengers were in Albuquerque for about 6 1/2 hours before the plane departed for San Diego, said Albuquerque International Sunport airport spokesman Daniel Jiron.

The final incident occurred aboard an American Airlines flight as it descended into the San Fransisco Bay area.  The San Francisco Chronicle reports “Rageit Almurisi, 28, who carried a California identification card and a Yemeni passport, … was subdued by crew members and retired law-enforcement officers after he began yelling and pounding on the cockpit door.”