- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 22, 2010

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — U.S. authorities detained a passenger on an Africa-to-New York flight during a fuel stop in Puerto Rico on Thursday, officials said.

The man had apparently managed to board the jet in Nigeria even though he was on an official no-fly list.

A passenger, Joan Mower, told the Associated Press that the pilot was informed about the passenger while over the Atlantic.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency issued a statement identifying the passenger only as a “potential person of interest,” who was removed from the Delta Air Lines flight for further questioning and remained in custody. Spokeswoman Jenny Burke declined to provide details.

Delta Flight 215 originated in Abuja, Nigeria, where the man boarded the jet. It continued on to New York after the man was detained Thursday. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says the unidentified man is being held for questioning. He was taken into custody without incident.

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