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      Passenger Arrested for English Exercise :

      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?
      tmpl=story&cid=519&ncid=757&e=10&u=/ap/20040802/ap_on_re_us/flight_div
      erted

      http://tinyurl.com/6ab6f

      Mon Aug 2,11:20 AM ET Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo!



      CHICAGO - A Japanese man flying to Ohio was arrested after he was
      seen writing down the words "suicide bomb," but he was released
      without charge after explaining that it was an impromptu English
      exercise.



      The 60-year-old man told investigators he came across the words in a
      newspaper and wanted to look up their meaning, police spokeswoman
      Alice Casanova said.


      "He teaches himself English by reading newspapers," she said. "It was
      all just a miscommunication."


      The man was aboard United Airlines flight 1184 en route to Dayton,
      Ohio, on a business trip Sunday when a fellow passenger spotted the
      words and alerted an attendant, Casanova said.


      The flight returned to O'Hare International Airport, where the man
      was taken into custody and all of the other 120 passengers were taken
      off the plane and rescreened.


      Investigators also searched the plane. "Nothing panned out and he was
      released," Casanova said.


      Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Andrea McCauley
      said travelers need to be mindful of how they behave on airplanes
      because potential security threats are treated very seriously.


      "We caution people not to write about bombs because if they're going
      on vacation, their travel plans will be disrupted," she said.

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