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For those that have read about Flight 327, today there is yet another example of passengers behaving in a suspicious way that led to the FBI getting involved.
Steve Rubenstein and Charlie Goodyear report for the SFGate.com:
A Virgin Atlantic Airways flight bound for London from San Francisco International Airport was canceled Monday night after suspicious behavior by several passengers was reported to authorities.
Virgin's Flight 20, scheduled to leave at 4:30 p.m., was barred from departing "based on suspicious activity by some passengers,'' said Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the federal Transportation Security Administration. The FBI later took charge of the case, according to a San Francisco police spokesman.
Hundreds of passengers were taken off the flight and left waiting at the airport, with little explanation. A Virgin spokeswoman declined to comment on Monday night, and the airline's Web site listed the flight only as delayed.
It was four hours after the the plane was supposed to be in the air that the flight was canceled, report Rubenstein and Goodyear.
Apparently there were two incidents.
One a drunken passenger who made a scene; something not that unusual.
The second incident was a group of five people with Romanian passports that the flight crew became suspicious about.
So the authorities were called in, the flight was canceled, and the plane searched.
Nothing was found and passengers were given rooms for the night.
Maybe. But I like to think of it in the same way one passenger did:
"At the end of the day, if it's not safe, it's not safe,'' said one passenger who would identity himself only as Fernando. "I don't mind. Better to be safe than sorry.''
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