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Two U.S. F16 fighter jets escorted a plane back to Toronto on Friday after a passenger, apparently irate over an expensive purchase of cigarettes from an airport’s duty-free shop, allegedly threatened the aircraft, authorities said.
Ali Shahi (picture), 25, a Canadian man, began ripping apart magazines and the safety card from the pouch of his seat on a Panama City-bound Boeing 737 after he read in the in-flight magazine that cigarettes were cheaper to buy on the plane than in Pearson airport, where Flight 772 originated, the Toronto Star reported.
Soon after his outburst, Shahi allegedly uttered a threat against the aircraft, which was overheard by a flight attendant and reported to the captain.
The flight, which was flying over West Virginia at the time, then turned around back to Toronto, and was joined by a U.S. fighter escort. More
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