Crew on board the Boeing 767 did not want to take any chances. When a passenger passed a note to a flight attendant stating she had a “device in in her body”, they decided to land in Bangor in the state of Maine.
The captain asked passengers if any doctors were on board, US media report. The female passenger was examined and no recent scars were found that could indicate a possible implant. She had no checked bagagge.
The female passenger, a French citizen in her 20s or 30s, was born in Cameroon and visiting the United States for 10 days.
Several F-15 fighter were sent to intercept the Boeing, which was carrying 179 passengers on board, and escort it to Maine’s Bangor airport on Tuesday.
Alexa Moore, a 20-year-old student told US news network ABC News, that the passengers were told the plane was diverted due to fuel shortages – and were shocked to discover the truth.
“They didn’t scream or anything, ’cause I think she was already off the plane, but they, you know, jaws dropped,” she said.
The female passenger who claimed having a body implant has been arrested.