King: Woman on Diverted Plane not on Watchlists

WASHINGTON (AP) – A congressman says a US Airways passenger whose claim to have a surgically implanted device led to the diversion Tuesday of a cross-Atlantic jet is not listed on terrorist watchlists or law enforcement databases. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said Wednesday the woman, whose identity has not been released, was “checked through all of the databases” and “her name has not shown up anywhere.” The Boeing 767 from Paris to Charlotte, N.C., was diverted to Bangor, Maine after the woman had handed a note to a flight attendant saying she had a surgically implanted device. U.S. authorities warned airlines last summer that terrorists might surgically hide bombs inside humans to evade airport security. King told CNN the woman did not have such a device.

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