BANGOR, Maine -- U.S. officials say the American citizen on a flight from Paris to Atlanta who claimed to have explosives in his luggage forcing the flight to be diverted to Maine was a member of the U.S. Air Force until last year.
The officials, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters, said the man was a member of the active duty Air Force. The officials would not say what rank he held or the type of discharge he received.
Officials told the AP that federal air marshals intervened on the plane Tuesday and the flight was diverted to Bangor, Maine.
Delta spokeswoman Susan Elliott said there were 235 passengers and 13 crew aboard Delta Air Lines Flight 273, which landed safely just after at 3:30 p.m. at Bangor International Airport.
Federal officials met the aircraft at the airport. The Transportation Security Administration said the passenger was being interviewed by law enforcement.
Associated Press writer Lolita C. Baldor in Washington contributed to this report.