UPDATE: “JTTF investigated, and the investigation shows that this was a non-serious incident and all is clear at this point,” according to Sandra Berchtold.
Berchtold, a spokeswoman for the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Detroit, said Sunday’s alert was caused by a passenger who “spent a lengthy time in the restroom.”
“This raised concerns, so an alert was raised,” she said.
The passenger spent about an hour in the bathroom and got upset when he was questioned by the crew of the flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, according to government sources. Law enforcement agents questioned the man Sunday.
The man was detained for unruly behavior Sunday on Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit, one day after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was charged with attempting to blow up the same flight in a separate event, widely reported Friday.
A Delta spokeswoman said all 257 passengers were safely taken off the plane. Delta operates the Northwest flight.
“The flight landed safely at Detroit International Airport at approximately 12:35pm est without incident,” according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration. “The aircraft has been moved to a remote location for additional screening. TSA and law enforcement met the aircraft upon arrival, the passenger is now in custody.”
Sue Elliott, a Delta spokesperson, told CBS News the passenger in custody “was verbally disruptive. Out of abundance of caution the flight crew asked that the plane be met on arrival by law enforcement.”
According to reports, passengers and crew became suspicious of the man for some reason while he was locked in the bathroom. There is no indication he attempted to harm anyone aboard the plane or sabotage the Boeing 737 in any way.
Security has been ratcheted up on international flights into the United States since the incident Friday.
Jim Cramer: Coronavirus pandemic triggered ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’
CNBC's Jim Cramer said Thursday that that coronavirus pandemic has triggered "one of the greatest wealth transfers in history."
The remark from the network's "Mad Money" host came amid "ominous" economic data but a rebounding stock market.
"How can the market rebound without the economy? Because the market doesn't represent the economy; it represents the future of big business," said Cramer. "The bigger the business, the more it moves the major averages."
Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum worldwide with fresh weekend of protests
From Sydney to London, Paris to Washington, D.C., protesters have launched a global weekend of action to support Black Lives Matter, in many cases defying bans on public gatherings.
Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social-distancing measures, outraged protesters kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality.
The death during the arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in the US state of Minnesota, has brought tens of thousands out onto the streets during a pandemic that is ebbing in Asia and Europe, but spreading in other parts of the world.
Philly police threaten to call in sick during protests after officer charged with assault: report
Philadelphia Police Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna has been charged with assault after a video circulated of him beating Evan Gorski, a Temple University student, during a protest. But according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, his fellow officers on the force are outraged — and may stage a "sickout" in protest.
"John McNesby, head of the city’s police union, came to Bologna’s defense, calling him one of the city’s 'most decorated and respected police leaders' who had to make a split-second call in a chaotic situation," reported William Bender and Jeremy Roebuck. "By Friday evening, talk was circulating about a 'blue flu,' or organized move by officers to call in sick in solidarity with Bologna, as another round of demonstrations, with crowds anticipated in the thousands, was set to take place Saturday in central Philadelphia."