UK-US flight in emergency divert Sniffer dog at Boston airport Security checked every piece of luggage from the flight A London to Washington flight diverted to Boston with a fighter escort after the pilot declared an emergency following a disturbance on board. A woman passenger on the United Airlines flight is said to have been involved in a confrontation with crew. But reports that she was carrying items including a screwdriver, Vaseline, matches and a note referring to al-Qaeda have been denied. Passengers and crew have all now disembarked from the plane safely. Police took control of the plane after it landed, and security officials checked every item of luggage from the plane with sniffer dogs. 'Claustrophobic' United Flight 923 from Heathrow Airport, with 182 passengers on board, was originally bound for Washington Dulles. map Escorted by two US Air Force fighter jets, it landed at Boston's Logan International Airport about 1020 local time (1420 GMT). "There was an altercation with at least one female passenger," a United Airlines spokeswoman said. Nenette Day, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Boston, said the 60-year-old woman was apparently claustrophobic and had become disruptive on the flight. "This isn't just an 'I want another drink kind of thing,' it was a disruption that caused them to divert the plane," she said. "There are no known links to terrorism regarding this event at this time," Christopher White, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4799057.stm OK here's the problem. There are too many idiots flying. This is because air travel is a business and that business wants to sell as many tickets as possible to as many idiots as possible. It's a bad business evidently because they are constantly going bankrupt. Generally I am a free market person, but if we are going to be constantly propagandized that travel is a national security issue then the airlines should be nationalized and there should be no profit motive. We should make agreements with the other nations to do the same. Sell tickets to people who need to travel and don't entice fools like this claustrophobist to fly with cheap tickets and specials. With the high volume of air travel the boneheads at TSA can't possibly do a good job. If we actively discourage air travel among the riff raff and reduce the volume of air travel to manageable levels we'll be much safer and travel may actually become pleasurable or tolerable again. That combined with positive and negative profiling should solve most of the problems.