Video: Woman Claims to Have Implanted Device, Causes Panic on Airline

| by Michael Allen

A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a French passenger handed a note to a flight attendant claiming to have a surgically implanted device inside her.

The flight attendants called for a doctor on the plane after the woman complained of pain.

Officials said the woman did not say the device was a bomb, but acted oddly and had to be restrained by her fellow air passengers (video below).

An examination by doctors aboard the plane found that the passenger had no surgical scars.

Two F-15 fighters scrambled to escort the plane with 179 passengers to Bangor International Airport, where it landed shortly after noon Tuesday.

Tony Caruso, acting airport manager, told reporters that the passenger was removed after the jet taxied to a remote part of the airport.

The woman was traveling alone without any checked baggage and intended to stay in the U.S. for 10 days.

TSA spokesman Sterling Payne said in a statement: "Out of an abundance of caution, the flight was diverted to (Bangor) where it was met by law enforcement."

The remaining passengers from the plane were kept in a secure area in the airport before being allowed back onto the jet, which departed hours later for Charlotte, N.C.

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