Domestic Dispute To Blame For Diverted JetBlue Flight From Boston

BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A JetBlue flight from Boston to Chicago was diverted to Buffalo on Monday morning due to a bomb-related threat that was called in, but it turns out the call was allegedly a domestic dispute involving a woman on the plane.

A woman from Boston phoned in the threat and claimed a female passenger on Flight 923 had a bomb. That female passenger was then removed from the plane after it landed in Buffalo. FBI agents spoke to both women and determined it was part of a domestic dispute between the two.

Gason Patterson of Boston said that he sat directly next to the woman, who had been crying during the trip. When the plane landed in Buffalo, Patterson says the woman made it clear that she knew the police were coming for her.

“She had received a couple of calls when we landed and I had pointed out the police which were all around the entire plane,” Patterson told reporters.  “I said are they here for you and she said ‘yup.’”

After the plane landed, passengers were taken off the plane and into the terminal, where they were swept by police dogs, authorities said.

Those passengers who chose to continue on to Chicago were placed on a new flight that took off at 11:25 a.m. JetBlue accommodated others who chose to instead return to Boston.

Police dogs also swept through the plane and checked luggage to look for anything suspicious. The plane was taken to a cargo area.

Officials said they were “very confident” no explosive device was ever on the plane.

There was no disruption to airport operations in Buffalo as a result of the incident.

There was never any danger to the public, officials said.

But, passenger Platini Diakabana said seeing police and FBI cars racing for the jet was unnerving.

“When we landed and she noticed the FBI cars were coming, and she was speaking to some people, she said ‘they got me,’” Diakabana said.

The woman who allegedly phoned in the threat could face a lengthy prison sentence if charged and convicted with what may be a serious federal offense.

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  • emom

    One If something got on board that was dangerous HOW, second, People complain about the security searching us for problems,,, I say we need more security,,, Hope what ever it was was not dangerous, and only an idle threat,, which is still a huge problem.

    • Stanley11

      It was a false threat, so nothing got by security.

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  • P

    The security gaps are not in passengers but in checked luggage and cargo

  • emom

    As true as that is, You have to wonder why this happeend. However we know from past issues , people scream and yell at the security present… If we had such security back in the begininng, none of this would have been a problem. However since 911 and all the threats we currently recieve I am glad the security is there, the luggage going to the cargo should face the same scrutinies as does passengers, But that needs to start at the ticket counter,,,, to avoid costly delays. And people will have to understand , GET TO THE AIRPORT IN PLENTY OF TIME.. But so many do not… We do need more sucurity especially with checked luggage and the cargo ,

  • stephen towne

    they did it right getting the passenger off the plane and everyone was safe.

  • tsal

    emom – the way I read it there was nothing on the plane but someone called and said there was. The authorities could not have ignored a phone call. As far as too much security, my opinion is we should mirror Israel but Americans would not stand for that. They’d rather take the chance of not getting someplace than take the time to do it right.

    • emom

      Mirror Israel,, What are they strict with security,,,,,, We need to be, OH WAIT so many complain about what security we have now,, REALLY I say there is not enough.. Checked luggage all cargo on commercial and cargo jets, All needs the same scrutiny as a passenger… As much as I dislike the security , I am equally grateful they do it. Nothing can be to safe these days, But if we allow anyone to hurt others then they win. We need to be cautious and check everything . No matter how small it may be.

      • fred

        Israel does it right – they PROFILE. They don’t molest old ladies, children or people with medical devices or prosthetics. If you have noticed airline passengers are no longer passive – whenever there is an incident you seem to see passengers helping out the flight crew to subdue the problem passenger (or crew member). People now know that once in the air they have to take charge when appropriate.

  • jaygee

    One woman is crying on the plane and another woman called in the bomb threat, eh? Golly gee, I wonder what that means. I just hope that the woman on the plane tells the federales who this other woman is. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • gramps

    It was just ‘two women, aka Venetians, being women’….

    How that Planet continues to rotate & stay up in the Cosmos is amazing!


    • Dave_D

      I was in Veneto a couple of times. There are indeed women there, as there are lots of other places. Only some of them are “out of this world”.

  • J,C.A.

    The woman who allegedly phoned in the threat could face a lengthy prison sentence if charged and convicted with what may be a serious federal offense.
    And rightfully so !

  • Rex Montana

    Terorists don’t phone in threats, unless it’s a ruse — a ruse meant to divert our attention from the real threat.

    That’s what makes me sick about this story. The terrorists will exploit our stupidity and our foolish consistency.

    • Rex Montana

      The other silly thing is that half this problem is about an imaginary country dreamed up after WWII, a totally F’d up war, such are promises.

      • Susan M

        I don’t even know what this means!

  • Rex Montana


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