- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 22, 2012

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — US Airways Flight 787 from Paris to Charlotte, N.C., was diverted to a Maine airport on Tuesday because a French passenger exhibited suspicious behavior, an official said.

The woman is in custody, and the flight has been cleared to continue, the official briefed on the investigation said. The woman is a French citizen who was born in Cameroon.

Another official said that the passenger appeared to be mentally unstable and that she announced that she had a surgically implanted device.

Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter involved sensitive law enforcement information.

A US Airways spokesman said the Boeing 767 with 179 passengers and nine crew members landed around noon  at Bangor International Airport.

Two F-15 fighters were scrambled to escort the jetliner to the ground.

Associated Press writers Eileen Sullivan in Washington, Denise Lavoie in Boston and Clarke Canfield in Portland, Maine, contributed to this report.



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