this morning after a suspicious item was discovered on board the plane,
but it was later determined that the object in question was a Christmas
“A suspicious item was found and out of an abundance of caution, the pilot decided to divert to
The flight landed in
Santos could not say this morning what exactly led to all the concern about the item in question.
The diversion and landing occurred about
Passengers later reboarded the flight, and the plane eventually landed at
The incident comes exactly one week after a man flying from
Santos could not say whether that incident, which
has received broad attention and renewed concerns about air travel,
influenced the decision of the pilot involved in today’s diverted
The diversion was made “to ensure passenger safety,” he said.
said the initial announcement about the suspicious item was unnerving,
but they didn’t mind the inconvenience and delay in the end.
“I’m glad they did it because I’d rather play it safe than sorry … and they gave us free lunch,” Vandenbroeck said.
Several passengers said neither the flight crew nor
airline officials told passengers what concerned them. Passengers were
taken to a remote part of
The most troubling part was when they first learned about the flight being diverted.
“Yeah it was kind of scary,” Cockels said.
“They didn’t tell us (why),” said Vandenbroeck. “They just said we’re going to have an emergency landing.”
“They never told us what it was, but everyone asked,” said
“They said there’s a suspicious object and not to be concerned,” she said.
“They handled it very well,” Belanger said.
Passengers were told to take only their phones and IDs when they deboarded in
The flight later resumed when the suspicious item was found to be a Christmas ornament.
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