Keith Coffman
Reuters
April 8, 2010

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A Qatari diplomat on a United Airlines flight from Washington to Denver caused a security alert after he was apparently caught smoking in the toilet and made a remark that was perceived as a threat.

Qatar’s ambassador to Washington called Wednesday’s incident a “mistake” said the man was a diplomat traveling on official business. U.S. officials said the man was in custody and the incident did not appear to be serious.

Coming just months after the failed “underwear” bomb attempt on Christmas Day, the scare prompted security officials to scramble two F-16 fighter jets to intercept the Boeing 757 aircraft and escort it to Denver International Airport where it landed at about 9 p.m. EDT.

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