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Airliner diverted after 'passenger incident'

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana (CNN) -- A Delta Airlines Boeing 757 headed from Atlanta to Los Angeles with 148 people aboard was diverted Wednesday after the pilot reported a disturbance in the cabin and it landed safely escorted by two F-16s, federal officials said.

A Delta spokeswoman described the disturbance as "a passenger incident" involving one person. Sources said the passenger had been behaving strangely and handed a flight attendant a note she considered threatening.

Nobody was hurt and the situation is now under control, she said. The plane was refueling to resume its trip to Los Angeles.

Security officials at Shreveport Regional Airport closed off the entire concourse where Flight 357 landed at 3:01 p.m. and stopped at Gate 9. There were 139 passengers and a crew of nine aboard.

The plane left Atlanta slightly behind schedule at 2:35 p.m.

F-16s were used to escort an American Airlines jetliner to its landing at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Monday after a mentally impaired man tried to break into the cockpit.


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