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UPDATE: Ex-U.S. Air Force member detained; flight diverted

ATLANTA (WKOW)-- An ex-U.S. Air Force member was detained on a trans-Atlantic flight after allegedly claiming he had explosives in his luggage and a fake passport.

Richard Stansberry told The Associated Press that the man detained after Tuesday's flight was diverted to Maine is 26-year-old Derek Stansberry of Riverview, Florida. 

Richard Stansberry says his son lives a squeaky clean life and has never been in trouble before.

He says government officials questioned him and told him his son was being detained.

Stansberry says he has no idea what happened. He says his son served four years in the Air Force before leaving last year for a job in the private sector.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- U.S. officials says federal air marshals are on the flight and the cockpit is secure after an American onboard a flight from Paris to Atlanta claimed he had a fake passport and explosives in his luggage.

The flight was diverted to Bangor, Maine, due to the incident. Officials believe the man's passport is authentic.

A spokesperson from Delta says there are 235 passengers and eight crew aboard the Airbus A330, which landed safely at Bangor International Airport Tuesday afternoon.

Federal officials met the aircraft at the airport. The TSA says the passenger is being interviewed by law enforcement.

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