There are two intersting developments in the saga of Northwest flight 327.
Undercover federal air marshals on board a June 29 Northwest airlines flight from Detroit to LAX identified themselves after a passenger, “overreacted,” to a group of middle-eastern men on board, federal officials and sources have told KFI NEWS.
The passenger, later identified as Annie Jacobsen, was in danger of panicking other passengers and creating a larger problem on the plane, according to a source close to the secretive federal protective service.
Jacobsen, a self-described freelance writer, has published two stories about her experience at womenswallstreet.com, a business advice web site designed for women.
“The lady was overreacting,” said the source. “A flight attendant was told to tell the passenger to calm down; that there were air marshals on the plane.”
A band of Syrians who stoked terror fears en route to Southern California apparently answer to a guy who looks like Wayne Newton – not Osama bin Laden, as some had feared.
The mysterious Syrians, whose in-flight act prompted fears among passengers between Detroit and Los Angeles, turned out to be simply a band on the run to an Arabic music show at Sycuan Resort and Casino near San Diego, according to new accounts of the long, strange trip.
Mehana’s Sycuan show was listed on booking agent James Cullen’s Web site. But Cullen, who produced the event, wouldn’t confirm the gig.
“Sorry, we were told by Homeland Security not to talk to the press,” Cullen said via e-mail.