Unruly Passenger Forces Diversion of San Francisco Bound Flight

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, Jan 8, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM PDT
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Unruly Passenger Forces Diversion of San Francisco Bound Flight

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A file photo of an AirTran flight.

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An AirTran flight destined for San Francisco was diverted because of an unruly passenger.

AirTran Flight 39 was en route from Atlanta to San Francisco, when a passenger locked himself in a bathroom, according to the TSA. Authorities diverted the plan to Colorado Springs.

The plane landed safely at about noon local time and the passenger was detained.

NORAD told CBS it dispatched two F-16s in response to the incident, which came just two days after F-15 fighter jets were forced to escort a flight bound for Hawaii back to Portland International Airport because of another disruptive passenger.

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