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No charges for smoking diplomat on United

Another day, another disurption of a routine flight by the bad behavior of one passenger. Officials say a Qatari diplomat will not be charged after causing a bomb scare on a United flight from Washington (DCA) to Denver by trying to smoke in a lavatory. Fighter jets accompanied the plane to Denver and air marshals aboard "restrained" the man, but it's unclear why he may have needed to be restrained but was not charged (diplomatic immunity?). Read more here ...

No charges for smoking diplomat on United

Another day, another disurption of a routine flight by the bad behavior of one passenger. Officials say a Qatari diplomat will not be charged after causing a bomb scare on a United flight from Washington (DCA) to Denver by trying to smoke in a lavatory. Fighter jets accompanied the plane to Denver and air marshals aboard "restrained" the man, but it's unclear why he may have needed to be restrained but was not charged (diplomatic immunity?). Read more here ...

Tom Belden
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