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Woman Charged in Flight Scare Was Barely Lucid

She also had a bottle of water, which did not appear to have been supplied by the flight crew. Passengers are not allowed to carry on beverages. It wasn't clear how the items made it through airport security, which has been significantly tightened since the arrests in the alleged plot in London.

Later in the flight, according to the affidavit, Mayo asked an attendant: "Is this a training flight for United Flight 93?" The flight attendant didn't know if Mayo had made a mistake because the flight was actually Flight 923, or if she was referring to the hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

She was "biting her fingers, rubbing her feet and in a constant state of movement. She appeared very agitated," the affidavit said.

Mayo also wrote in a note and said to flight attendants that she had been in a country illegally, and later said she had photographs of Pakistan.

"She stated that the photographs would be awful, and she indicated that they related to the people that she had been with in the mountains of Pakistan," the affidavit said.

Flight attendants summoned the captain, who spoke to Mayo. During the conversation, she talked about "six steps to building some unspecified thing."

"She made reference to being with people associated with two words. She stated that she could not say what the two words were because the last time that she had said the two words, she had been kicked off of a flight in the United Arab Emirates," the affidavit states.

The captain and purser both believed that she was referring to al-Qaeda, Choldin wrote.

About 35 minutes later, when Mayo tried to go to the bathroom, the flight attendants directed her to a different lavatory. Instead, she pulled down her pants and urinated on the floor, Choldin wrote in the affidavit.

At that point, the captain ordered her restrained. Two male passengers helped a flight attendant tackle Mayo and restrain her in plastic cuffs.

The flight, with 182 passengers, landed safely at Logan Airport with the escort of two F-15 fighter jets.


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