A week after security services prevented an alleged terror plot involving transatlantic flights, the US and the UK remain on high alert. Passengers on a flight from London to Washington that was diverted to Boston after a disturbance on board say the woman involved seemed to panic but did not pose an obvious threat to safety. Officials claimed she had a screwdriver and a note referring to Al Qaeda.
Eyewitnesses say the 59-year old from the state of Vermont appeared to have a panic attack: She just looked very suspicious, she kept carrying a bag with her and at one point she had a Pepsi can, she kept walking backwards and forwards to the bathroom and then finally a stewardess questioned her.” said one.
“She just seemed kind of restless and frustrated and agitated about something. It wasn’t really that noteworthy but I did notice that she looked kind of strange.”, added another.
In a separate incident no suspicious substances have been found so far at the port of Seattle in the north west United States. The terminal was cordoned off and evacuated following the arrival of two containers from Pakistan, which attracted the attention of sniffer dogs.