March 16, 2011 / 8:23 PM / 7 years ago

Man detained after alleged false air marshal claims

BOSTON (Reuters) - An airline passenger was detained on Wednesday after he was overheard falsely identifying himself as a federal air marshal on board a flight bound for Boston, officials said.

An actual federal air marshal on board Delta flight 1922 from Detroit to Boston intervened and detained the man, Transportation Security Administration officials said in a statement.

Law enforcement and TSA authorities met the plane upon arrival and took the passenger into custody. The matter remained under investigation, according to the TSA.

Federal authorities will handle the incident, said the Suffolk County, Massachusetts District Attorney’s office.

The incident was not terror-related, a Logan International Airport spokesman said.

Since the September 11, 2001 attacks, armed federal air marshals have significantly increased their presence on domestic and international flights as a deterrent to such attacks. But they do not identify themselves and are dressed as typical passengers.

Reporting by Lauren Keiper, editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Greg McCune

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