Cagey reports have sparked a mystery over an alleged “criminal act” that had federal agents awaiting the arrival of an inbound flight in Boston.
On Saturday, American Airlines Flight 1441 departed Charlotte, North Carolina on time for the more than two-hour flight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. However, an as-yet-undisclosed incident was enough to concern the flight crew and alert the authorities.
According to the Boston Herald, when the Airbus A321 touched down around 10 a.m., officers from the Massachusetts State Police and agents from the FBI were there waiting for it over an alleged “potential criminal act.”
The newspaper indicated that the Federal Aviation Administration had released a statement acknowledging that the flight crew “reported a possible security issue” mid-flight, triggering the response.
As it happened, neither the state police nor the FBI were forthcoming with details about the possible criminal act they were investigating to which the airborne nature of the incident gave jurisdiction to the federal authorities.
However, the same day that the incident took place and shortly before the plane touched down at Logan, the official X account of the FBI Boston field office posted, “Traveling by air this Labor Day weekend? If so, remember that many crimes aboard aircraft are federal crimes. If you or someone you know are a victim, report it immediately to the flight crew & contact the #FBI…”
Traveling by air this Labor Day weekend? If so, remember that many crimes aboard aircraft are federal crimes. If you or someone you know are a victim, report it immediately to the flight crew & contact the #FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI. https://t.co/EAcqsLevkY pic.twitter.com/G1uxwPphz9
— FBI Boston (@FBIBoston) September 2, 2023
Additionally, a spokesperson for the airline communicated to Boston 25 News that “American Airlines flight 1441 from Charlotte (CLT) to Boston (BOS) was met by law enforcement upon arrival. We take this matter very seriously and are fully cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation, as safety and security are our highest priority.”
According to the online flight tracking database FlightAware, Saturday morning’s flight had experienced no delays, but the return flight from BOS to CLT had evidently been delayed 47 minutes.
Lacking any semblance of meaningful detail during the active investigation, various outlets sought information from passengers who had been on the flight.
If you were on American Airlines flight 1441 from Charlotte to Boston Saturday @7News wants to hear from you! Police say there was a security issue on the flight.
— Lisa Gresci (@Lisa_Gresci) September 3, 2023
Meanwhile, members of the public were left speculating that the absence of transparency could mean that authorities were attempting to cover something up. “Why wouldn’t they say what happened?” asked one individual while another questioned, “Why can’t police and FBI say what happened?? Why are they trying to sweep this under?”
Why wouldn’t they say what happened?
— Ali (@Ali_VA_703) September 4, 2023
Why can’t police and FBI say what happened?? Why are they trying to sweep this under?
— Wegman’sDude04 (@CarolinaGuy004) September 4, 2023
Others were reminded of the viral video of the woman dubbed the “plane lady,” later identified as 38-year-old Tiffany Gomas and the mystery surrounding her outburst on a flight set to depart Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in July where many were left wondering what she had seen when she declared, “that motherf*cker back there is not real.”
Another ‘not real’ passenger?
— Sheldon Gecht (@sheldongecht) September 3, 2023
According to Fox News, the spokesperson for the FBI declined to comment on the investigation.
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