Camera Forgotten on Plane Causes Flight Diversion, Scrambling of Fighter Jets

The next time you fly, be sure not to forget your camera on the plane — your camera might make the national news. A United Airlines flight carrying 169 people from New Jersey to Switzerland was diverted to Boston last night after a camera was discovered in a seasickness bag behind one of the seats. In addition to inconveniencing the passengers, two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to follow the plane. The camera was later discovered to be… an ordinary camera.

Apparently some of the post 9-11 terror plots uncovered by the government involved the idea of using camera bodies as bombs or bomb-triggering devices. This type of story certainly can’t be good for photographers’ rights.

(via ABC News)

  • Marcel

    Just one word: paranoia!

  • Sum_it

    This is particularly alarming to me. I am a South Asian born American who always carries cameras on-board flights. No one has given me any troubles thus far and I would very much like to have such options available to me in the future.

  • rtfe

    Jennifer Love Hewitt

  • Neoracer Xox


  • kenpmesaaz

    This was probally a scheduled drill that only certain people in high places knew about.

  • Curious George

    Just a thought, can anyone come up with an idea of why the camera was in a sick bag?

  • Manuel Smirnoff

    2012 and the end of the world can’t come soon enough. I don’t know how much more security theater I can take.

  • Jackson Cheese

    Osama Bin Laden won.

  • Benicio Murray

    I thought America won the war on terror?

  • Jenny


  • Jae

    LIke if you clicked for the hot girl.

  • Dinglefritz

    Some kid digging through mom’s purse, doing what kids do. It doesn’t take much imagination to come up with a hundred scenarios (most involving children).