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December 27, 2009 9:30 pm
Police in Detroit took a second man into custody on Sunday afternoon after he became unruly about one hour before flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit - the same flight involved in the Christmas day incident - landed at 12.34pm local time.
Authorities were on heightened alert after the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas day.
”There was an passenger that was verbally disruptive,” said Susan Elliott, a spokeswoman for Delta Airlines. ”Out of an abundance of caution, the flight crew requested authorities meet the aircraft on arrival,” she said.
The man was taken into custody after the plane landed safely, but Ms Elliott declined to confirm reports that the man was Nigerian or that he had locked himself in the toilet before the plane landed.
President Barack Obama was notified of the incident yesterday.
”The president stressed the importance of maintaining heightened security measures for all air travel and gave instructions to set up another secure teleconference briefing as soon as possible,” said Bill Burton, a White House spokesman.
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