NY Flight diverted after `suspicious` behaviour of three

A flight from New York to Phoenix was diverted to Missouri after three passengers on board behaved in a "suspicious" manner.

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2011, 10:34 AM IST

New York: A flight from New York to Phoenix
was diverted to Missouri on Wednesday after three passengers on board
behaved in a "suspicious" manner.

The three passengers were taken off the US Airways flight
after it landed in St Louis, Missouri where the police took
them in, the Transportation Security Administration said.

"US Airways Flight 457 from John F Kennedy International
Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport diverted
to Lambert - St Louis International Airport at the request of
the flight crew, due to suspicious behaviour exhibited by
three passengers," the TSA said in a statement.

The plane was swept and cleared for flight, it added.

The incident comes a couple of days after F-16 fighter
jets were scrambled to escort two US flights after their crew
were unnerved by two of its passengers spending a long time in
the plane`s lavatory on September 11.

The planes landed without incident in Detroit and New
York and the six passengers who exhibited "suspicious
behaviour" were released without charge after being
questioned.

PTI