US authorities are breathing a sign of relief after initial reports a that Qatari man tried to set his shoes on fire on a American passenger jet appear to be a false alarm
Air marshals subdued the suspect, thought to be Mohammed Al-Midadi, a diplomat, on board the flight from Washington to Denver.
It’s now thought however, he may have been trying to smoke in one of the plane’s toilets.
Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled during the commotion.
More than 160 people were reportedly aboard the United 663 flight
The incident comes only months after a Nigerian man allegedly plotted to blow up a US passenger plane from Amsterdam to Detroit.