United Airlines Flight Diverted Over Unclaimed Camera

United-CO10_9665-medium.jpgUnited Airlines flight 956 had departed from Newark, N.J. on a transatlantic flight to Geneva, Switzerland when a flight attendant found a camera in a seat back and could not locate it's owner.

After Air Controllers in Boston were contacted about it, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) was notified, two F-15 fighter jets were dispatched, and the plane was turned around and escorted to Boston's Logan International Airport.

Once on the ground at a remote location, it was met by law enforcement officials that included the FBI and Massachusetts State Police.

The passengers were then asked to leave the plane, leaving all personal belongings behind so that they could be searched, and then the passengers were subjected to another screening by security personnel. The camera that was left behind that caused all of the fuss was examined via x-ray and found to be harmless.

We can imagine the concerns of the 157 passengers and 11 crew members on board when seeing fighter jets escorting them, not to mention the delay in their flight, and being subjected to another screening by security personnel before the flight was finally allowed to continue on to it's destination.

Since the 9/11 Terrorists Attacks in the U.S., airlines have increased security awareness so that anything suspicious that's found on board a plane may result in this type of action.

So, whatever you do, please don't forget your camera when you arrive at your destination by plane.

(via ABC NEWS)