Passengers of “South Asian origin” taken off the plane in handcuffs. No doubt South Asian Presbyterians. “12 held as flight is sent back with a jet fighter escort,” from the TimesOnline, with thanks to all who sent this in:
POLICE arrested 12 passengers who aroused the suspicions of the crew on a US flight from the Netherlands to India last night. The jet had been escorted back to Dutch airspace by two F16 fighters.
A police spokesman declined to disclose the nationalities of those arrested or the nature of the suspicions against them. “I can tell you 12 people have been arrested,” he said.
It was not clear if any of the suspects had been charged, although the spokesman said that they were being held overnight.
One American passenger on board the Northwest Airlines flight NW0042 said that she saw a number of passengers who appeared to be of South Asian origin being taken off the aircraft in handcuffs at Schiphol international airport in Amsterdam.