The Italian Almanac

Alitalia jet

Italian News - May 17

An Italian Alitalia jet headed to Boston was diverted to Maine because a passenger's name matched that of a person on the U.S. government's no-fly list, but the FBI later said the man was not a suspected terrorist.

Flight 618 from Milan, Italy, landed before 1 p.m. Tuesday at Bangor International Airport, where the passenger and his luggage were removed. The plane took off about an hour later and reached Boston around 3 p.m.

A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said nothing unusual had occurred during the flight. But Canadian fighter jets escorted the flight through that country's air space, and two F-15 Eagles from Otis Air National Guard base in Massachusetts escorted it through U.S. air space to Bangor.

TSA spokeswoman Yolanda Clark said the agency was "working with Alitalia to determine how the passenger was allowed to board the aircraft."