BREAKING NEWS: Ace of Spades is reporting tonight that a man was arrested after attempting to light his shoe on fire during a flight from Washington, D.C., to Denver this evening. On top of all that, the man’s name is Mohammed al Modadi, and he’s reportedly a vice-consul at the Qatari embassy.
UPDATE #1 4/07/10 at 9:33 p.m. Central: Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren just reported that there are conflicting reports about a disturbance aboard the flight, but did not provide details.
UDPATE #2 4/07/10 at 9:35 p.m. Central: Greta just read a TSA statement offering few details other than the fact that a man is in custody after the plane landed safely.
UDPATE #3 4/07/10 at 9:38 p.m. Central: The Chicago Sun-Times is confirming the information above and, in addition, reporting that an explosives team is on the way to the airport.
UPDATE #4 4/07/10 at 9:42 p.m. Central: It has been confirmed that the incident took place aboard a United Airlines flight.
UPDATE #5 4/07/10 at 10 p.m Central: TSA released this statement tonight (graphic placed atop post):
TSA is monitoring an incident on board United Airlines flight 663 from DCA to DEN after receiving initial reports that a Federal Air Marshal responded to a passenger possibly causing a disturbance on board this aircraft. The flight landed safely at Denver International Airport.
Law enforcement and TSA have responded to the scene and the passenger is currently in custody. All steps are being taken to ensure the safety of the traveling public.
FINAL UPDATE 4/07/10 at 10:36 p.m. Central: KDVR-TV in Denver is reporting that no explosives were found aboard United Flight 663.