Gambian passenger removed from U.S.-bound flight

04/26/2010 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

A Delta Air Lines flight from Abuja, Nigeria, to New York JFK made an unscheduled refueling stop in Puerto Rico on Thursday, allowing officials to remove a Gambian passenger labeled as "a potential person of interest." Sources said the passenger was singled out due to a derogatory e-mail sent by a relative, though the relative later denied sending such an e-mail. U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a two-sentence statement acknowledging that a "passenger was removed from the flight for further questioning and remains in … custody," though sources said no charges had been filed.

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