NY-bound flight diverted after threatening note found in lavatory

NY-bound flight diverted after threatening note found in lavatory

Bombed out busApparently not everyone was paying attention when President Obama announced in a speech last month that “this war [on terror], like all wars, must end.” How else to explain two news stories this morning detailing acts of terrorism, one actual and unrivaled in its depraved indifference, the other suspected?

The first story is out of Pakistan. There, The Telegraph reports, 23 people were killed, 12 of them women aboard a bus bound for a university in Quetta. The remaining 11 died when a second bomb was detonated in the emergency ward of hospital where the wounded were taken.

The second story contains no violence but strikes closer to home. The New York Post (via Reuters) reports that an EgyptAir jetliner heading to New York from Cairo was diverted, landing in Scotland on Saturday, after a passenger found a note in a lavatory containing a threat to set the plane on fire:

The pilot informed air traffic control and landed at Glasgow Prestwick Airport where the 310 passengers would disembark, Tawfik Assy, chairman of the state-owned airline, said in Cairo.

So far, details are sketchy, other than the observation that the note was in English and read simply, “This flight will be on fire.”

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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