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Apr 27, 2010 5:15 PM by Letitia Walker

Delta Flight Diverted After Threats Were Made

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - An American citizen on a flight from Paris

to Atlanta claimed to have a fake passport and said he had

explosives in his luggage, forcing federal air marshals to

intervene and the plane to land in Maine, U.S. officials said

Tuesday.

The officials, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of

anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, believe the man's

passport was authentic.

There were 235 passengers and 13 crew aboard Delta Air Lines

Flight 273, which landed safely just after at 3:30 p.m. at Bangor

International Airport, Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott said.

Federal officials met the aircraft at the airport. The

Transportation Security Administration said the passenger was being

interviewed by law enforcement.

After the man was apprehended, flight attendants moved

passengers forward to clear out space in the rear of the plane, a

passenger told CNN.

"We were told there was some danger and some threats made, but

beyond that we weren't told anything else," said the passenger,

Adithya Sastry. Sastry said a passenger sitting next to him told

him that the "young man" who was apprehended was carrying a

backpack.

Elliott said late Tuesday afternoon that the Airbus A330

remained on the ground in Bangor but that the airline planned to

continue the flight to Atlanta.

All passengers were taken off the plane because it was an

international flight and they needed to clear customs, said Rebecca

Hupp, a spokeswoman for Bangor International Airport.

The Bangor airport is accustomed to dealing with diverted

flights.

It's the first large U.S. airport for incoming European flights,

and it's the last U.S. airport for outgoing flights, with

uncluttered skies and one of the longest runways on the East Coast.

Aircraft use the airport when there are mechanical problems,

medical emergencies or unruly passengers.

Delta, based in Atlanta, is the world's largest airline and has

a joint venture with Air France-KLM on flights across the Atlantic.

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