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Diversion of Frontier Flight 623

FBI Detroit September 12, 2011
  • Public Affairs Specialist Jill Washburn (313) 965-1712

On September 11, 2011, Frontier Flight 623 was diverted to a hotpad after landing at Detroit Metro Airport. This was a precautionary measure based on reports of suspicious activity on the plane during flight and the heightened security measures during the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Three individuals were removed from the plane, two males and one female. They were questioned by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and were very cooperative. Crew members and several other passengers were also questioned. After questioning and determining there was not threat, all were released without any charges being filed.

The three individuals were strangers to each other, but sat in the same row on the plane. One of the males, who was not feeling well, got up to use the restroom during the flight. The other male got up at approximately the same time to use the restroom. The female remained seated in her row. It should be noted that at no time were there ever two people in the bathroom at the same time, and at no time were the three individuals uncooperative with the flight crew.

The FBI would like to thank the public and the airlines for remaining vigilant at all times.