Federal authorities swarmed a plane at New York’s JFK Airport before removing and interrogating passengers – all over a bag that featured a travel group logo which vaguely resembled the word ‘ISIS’.
While the Department of Homeland Security remains unconcerned about the possibility of ISIS members crossing the southern border, despite high level law enforcement sources indicating that this is a real threat, feds were out in force to stop the potential danger posed by a motif on a piece of luggage.
“A federal source tells WNBC of New York that a passenger on the plane had a duffel traveling bag that had the word ‘ISIS’ on it, which triggered a security alert,” reports KARE 11. “The source says the plane and luggage were swept, but nothing was found. The New York Port Authority later determined the concerns stemmed from the logo of a travel agency appearing similar to ISIS insignia. The travel agency had given out bags with the logo to a travel group on the plane.”
Police and FBI agents subsequently removed ten passengers from the Sun Country Airlines flight for questioning while all the luggage from the plane was searched on the tarmac as the other passengers were prevented from deplaning.
“We were allowed to get on the plane departed 90 minutes late – even as we were backing out the dogs were checking out shipping boxes that had been on the plane,” said Paul Linnee, who was waiting to board the return flight on the same plane to Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport.
Port Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo later confirmed that the passengers removed from the flight had all booked their trips with a company whose logo resembled the word ‘ISIS’ and that this motif had been attached to their bags by the travel agency.
After the questioning and bag searches were completed, the plane was allowed to proceed as normal, although it is not known whether the passengers yanked off the flight over the unfortunate logo were permitted to board any onward flights.
While we can be confident that federal authorities have their eyes peeled for logos on bags that could signal dastardly terrorist plots, overlooking the seemingly illogical notion that terrorists would want to advertise their intentions beforehand, the genuine threat of ISIS militants crossing the border continues to be dismissed despite stunts by Infowars reporter Joe Biggs and journalist James O’Keefe which show how easy it would be for bad guys to sneak across from Mexico or Canada.