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FBI meets flight arriving in Charlotte for security threat; suspect in custody

The FBI was investigating a security threat at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Wednesday evening.

According to news reports, there was a “security issue” aboard US Airways Flight 114 arriving from Boston, classified as an Alert 2. That status refers to a “major difficulty (and) indicates that a potential emergency exists.” An Alert 2 requires “immediate dispatch of emergency equipment on standby positions on the airfield.”

“I can confirm the FBI is investigating an incident on a flight and we are interviewing the person involved,” Shelley Lynch, spokeswoman for the FBI office in Charlotte said in an email reply to the Observer Wednesday night. “The passengers are being rescreened. At this time, there are no indications there is or was a threat to public safety.”

Lynch said she couldn’t release details of the security issue, as the FBI was still interviewing the person involved. “If there is an arrest for any reason I will release that information,” she said.

Later, in a 9:58 p.m. email, Lynch said the FBI had completed the interview and there would be “no federal charges at this time.”

The plane arrived at 5:37 p.m. and was met on the tarmac by security officials and FBI agents. The flight was scheduled to arrive at 4:57 p.m. Passengers were taken off the plane in the rain and were being rescreened.

Airport spokeswoman Lee Davis referred questions to the FBI.

Staff reports

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