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Plane returns to Lambert after security concern

Monday, September 12, 2011 | 1:28 p.m. CDT; updated 5:25 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 12, 2011

ST. LOUIS — An apparent misunderstanding on a flight bound from St. Louis to Washington, D.C., on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks forced a rescreening of passengers.

The Transportation Security Administration said United Airlines Flight 3681 was still on the runway Sunday when the pilot returned to the gate.

It wasn't clear why. A TSA spokeswoman said all passengers were rescreened at the request of the pilot. Nothing was found, and the plane departed, landing at Washington Dulles International Airport around 10:15 p.m. EST.

Some media outlets reported that the plane returned to the gate because passengers were trying to pass themselves as federal air marshals. The TSA would say only that no one was impersonating an air marshal.

Messages seeking comment from United were not returned.


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