Sunday, April 10, 2005

US excercising tighter control over its airspace

That the US is exercising such control is hardly a surprise (whether or not it is reasonable is another question), but what surprises me is that they did not refuse access to US airspace until after the plane was in the air.

KLM plane denied access to US over passengers. 10/04/2005. ABC News Online: "US authorities have ordered a KLM plane to return to the Netherlands, saying two of its passengers were barred from entering US territory or airspace, the airline says.

The incident happened on Friday as the plane, with 278 people on board, was bound for Mexico and due to cross US airspace.

A KLM spokesman said the two passengers were not on any Dutch or European watchlist."