A suspicious item prompted the crew of a United Airlines flight to
Switzerland to divert it to Boston, as two F-15 fighters shadowed the
plane Tuesday night.
The item, found inside an airsickness bag, turned out to be an unclaimed camera. officials said.
United Airlines flight
956 took off from Newark, New Jersey, and was headed Geneva,
Switzerland, when it was diverted to Boston's Logan airport shortly
after 9 p.m. "out of an abundance of caution," according to a
Transportation Security Administration statement.
Two fighter jets
intercepted and shadowed the plane "as a prudent precaution" after its
diversion from Newark, said Ruth Castro, a spokeswoman at North American
Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
During a sweep of the
plane, a camera was found inside an airsickness bag in an unoccupied
seat, Massachusetts State Police spokesman David Procopio said.