Charlotte-bound plane diverted to Maine for 'security issue'



CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A French woman is in custody after officials say she claimed to have a surgically implanted device while aboard a Charlotte-bound plane.

US Airways flight 787, which was heading to Charlotte from Paris, was diverted to Bangor, Maine, because of the issue around noon Tuesday.

The woman handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising security concerns, officials said.

An examination by doctors aboard the plane found that the passenger, a French citizen born in Cameroon, had no scars, U.S. Rep. Peter King said. The woman was traveling alone without any checked baggage and intended to stay in the U.S. for 10 days, he said.

Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort the plane to Bangor International Airport.

The TSA issued a statement saying it was aware of "a passenger who exhibited suspicious behavior" during the flight. "Out of an abundance of caution the flight was diverted to (Bangor) where it was met by law enforcement," the statement said.

With the passenger in custody of law enforcement, the plane was cleared several hours later to continue to Charlotte.

There were 179 passengers and 9 crew members on board the plane, officials said.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report