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Passenger on U.S.-bound flight detained

By Michael Leahy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 27, 2009; 3:54 PM

Just two days after a Nigerian man allegedly tried to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on descent into Detroit Metropolitan Airport, another man, aboard Sunday's Flight 253, was detained after becoming disruptive and locking himself for a lengthy period in a bathroom, according to a flight crew report radioed to the federal Transportation Safety Administration.

The flight crew informed the TSA and several other federal agencies of the incident while in the air, requesting that emergency backup be in place on the ground upon arrival. Several government agencies monitored the flight in its late stages.

The plane landed at about 12:35 p.m. Eastern time, with all 256 passengers safely taken off the plane.

With an investigation just beginning, there were no initial reports that the detained man possessed either a weapon or an incendiary device. The FBI said that the man simply became ill on the flight. According to sources close to the investigation, he has already been dismissed as a security concern.

But in a reflection of the heightened state of alertness and jitters prevailing since Friday's alleged bombing attempt aboard Flight 253, the tableau on Sunday included live television images of emergency vehicles and buses surrounding the plane.

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