Nine Passengers Removed from United Flight After Comment Made

Posted Aug 30th 2010 10:36 AMUpdated Aug 30th 2010 03:20 PM


Nine passengers boarding a United Airlines flight at Washington's Dulles International Airport were removed after a passenger made a comment to a flight attendant.

What exactly the person said is unclear, but it was considered enough of a "threat" to prompt the pilot to make a decision to boot that person and eight accompanying passengers off the Tampa-bound flight, AOL Travel News has learned.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says she can confirm only that the passengers were removed from the flight after the comment, talked with United representatives at Dulles and were re-booked on another flight. She would not disclose the nature of the comment.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says Dulles airport police officers were called to the gate area, but the passengers were already off the plane when they arrived and they were not involved in the interviews. No one was detained.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was asked to check the passenger names against its "no fly" list, but otherwise was not involved in the incident.

"We are aware of the situation," a TSA spokesman says.

Other passengers continued on to Tampa as scheduled.

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very interesting read.

August 31 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thats your response? Do yourself a favor and read slower and pay attention.

I'm going to guess by your limited response, you are an airline employee?

August 31 2010 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Since this was a United flight, maybe it was related to the two fellows arrested on
the United flight from Dulles to Amsterdam with fake bombs and other items no longer allowed on planes.

August 31 2010 at 5:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The sooner we just eliminate all this hysteria by getting rid of airport scanners and long lines and air marshalls and paranoia, the sooner we will regain our LIVES. Millions of man hours wasted. Billions of dollars flushed down the toilet in the name of "Homeland Security." Coutless misunderstandings, arguments, cases of racial stereotyping, and a massive waste of everyone's time. QUIT LETTING THESE SECURITY PIMPS RUN OUR COUNTRY. TAKE IT BACK. NOW. Let everyone walk right up to the gate and board. No "terrorist" is going to be deterred with these luggage checks and padding down our grandmothers. If they want to bring down a plane, they can and they will -- and no TSA worker is going to stop it. Quick: Name one TSA case where a bomb or serious terrorist threat was uncovered at screening. JUST ONE. Still waiting. Your tax dollars at work, folks.

August 31 2010 at 3:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Katie P

I would remind you: "We have to get it right 100% of the time. They only have to get it right once." You have NO CLUE what this country is facing in terms of the intractability of Islamic hatred and jihad. You whine about the inconvenience and cost of averting terrorist attacks against US citizens in our own country. They have been taught for centuries that the "infidel" (that's you & me, you arrogant asshole!) is not fully human and has NO RIGHT TO EXIST. Think about THAT the next time you have to wait in line at the airport with your shoes in a plastic dishpan.

September 02 2010 at 11:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Coincidentally, two other men flew United with fake bombs recently...check it out...this is no joke...could be trying to commemorate 9-11 in their own way...remember we all hope the airlines are keeping us secure!

August 31 2010 at 3:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Are you really that STUPID?

August 31 2010 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Reportedly, the comment involved asking if the pilot had been drinking.

That prompted the pilot to boot that person and eight accompanying passengers off the plane in an alleged alcoholic rage.

August 31 2010 at 1:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just cause they say 9 were taken off doenst mean all 9 were actually booted off the flight. THey could easily be flying as a group (like a wedding or something) and opted to all get off in the case one made a deragatory statement or something to the attendant instead of 1 having to wait for another flight.

August 31 2010 at 12:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What ever it is about, it certainly tweaked our interest.....

August 30 2010 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what kind of reporting is this? where is the follow up...what a waste of time and space.

August 30 2010 at 10:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply