Plane diverted to Florida; passenger feared on watch list

A law enforcement official says the passenger on a diverted flight was not a match to a person listed on the government’s list of suspected terrorists who are banned from flying.

Continental Flight 881 was diverted mid-flight to Jacksonville, Fla., because officials thought one of the passengers might be someone on the government’s no-fly list.

The official said that after the plane landed the government determined there was no match. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

An airline is not supposed to issue a boarding pass to a person on the no fly list.

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