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Unruly passenger delays DCA flight

A US Airways flight that was waiting to take off for Boston at Reagan National Airport Thursday afternoon was called back to to its gate after the crew reported an unruly passenger on board.

Rob Yingling, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said flight 2032 was holding on a runway at about 3 p.m. when the passenger became upset. The crew called police. The plane returned to its gate, where FBI and TSA agents boarded the plane and removed the passenger without incident.

Yingling said the FBI was investigating. Yingling said there had been flight delays at the airport because of bad weather.The US Airways website reported that the flight was scheduled to depart at 12:30 p.m., and has been cancelled.
--Michael Ruane

By Luke Rosiak  | July 29, 2010; 4:35 PM ET
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The incident was described by the pilot as a man that stood up and shouted that he was a terrorist. I was listening to the Air Traffic Control frequency 119.10 during the conversation between the pilot and the tower. Upon isolation of the plane at a NE corner of the airport the federal authorities did apprehend the man without issue. The plane then taxied back to the gate for further inspection.

Posted by: dvd17h2005 | July 29, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I'd be upset too if I had been sitting on the tarmac for 3 hrs, waiting to take a 50 minute flight to boston. What's a passenger to do? What if, b/c of the delay, he had missed his afternoon meeting in boston and there was now no reason for him to fly up there. I'd want off that plane.

Posted by: richardreid | July 30, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Flying sucks.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 30, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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