Muttered "Pakistan" As She Paced Aisle
In today's troubled times, there are some things you just should
NOT do onboard a commercial airliner... as a 59-year-old Vermont
woman, whose actions onboard a United Airlines flight from London
Wednesday led the flight to be diverted to Boston out of fear over
terrorism, is now aware.
Passengers onboard the Boeing 767 told the Associated Press that
Catherine Mayo paced the aisle nervously as the plane flew towards
its intended destination of Washington, DC. She also made several
trips to the restroom... before her behavior became even more
"She was in a frenzy," passenger Martin Drinkwater said to The
Boston Globe. "She then pulled her trousers and knickers down and
squatted on the floor."
Witnesses claim Mayo also muttered unintelligibly throughout the
ordeal, except for one word -- "Pakistan."
That was enough for two
men and an unspecified number of flight attendants to tackle the
woman, and handcuff her -- while the pilots declared an emergency
diversion to Logan International, escorted by two F-15s.
While stating there are no apparent ties to terrorism,
authorities say Mayo faces federal charges for the incident.
Confirming reports of suspicious Mayo had in her possession
onboard the airliner, FBI spokesperson Gail Marcinkiewicz said
Thursday that authorities found several banned items in the woman's
carry-on luggage -- including a screwdriver, an unspecified number
of cigarette lighters, and matches.
That, of course, raises many serious questions about the
effectiveness of security at London's Heathrow Airport -- which has
been heightened since last Thursday's foiling by London authorities
of a terror plot aimed at blowing up trans-Atlantic flights, using
As Aero-News reported, United
Flight 923 made an uneventful emergency landing Wednesday at Logan
after the diversion, and all 182 passengers and 12 crew members
were hurried off the plane so it could be searched.