Woman who caused security scare on Paris-Charlotte flight will face no charges, but will be returned to France
The woman who caused a security scare that resulted in a flight from Paris to Charlotte, N.C., being diverted to Bangor, Maine, will not be charged but will be returned to France, federal prosecutors in Maine said today.
Lucie Zeeko Marigot, 41, was investigated by the FBI on possible charges of interfering with a flight crew throughout Tuesday night and into this morning. She appeared before US Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk this afternoon, prosecutors said.
But prosecutors told the court that, based on further investigation, “a criminal complaint would not be filed against her. Instead, she will be taken into custody by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to be returned to France,” Maine US Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty’s office said in a statement.
The investigation revealed that “the plane and its crew and passengers were never actually in danger at any time,” the statement said.
Still, Delahanty said in the statement, it was the correct decision to divert the flight,
“given the circumstances that were known at the time.”
Marigot, a native of Cameroon, gave a note to a flight attendant along with a book by her that detailed her personal story.
The note said Marigot was “simply a victim of a group of doctors” and that she had “an object in her body that is out of my control,” the statement said.
When the flight attendant asked if the object could hurt her or others, she said she did not know. Two doctors examined her on board and determined she had no visible scars indicating any kind of implant, the statement said.
US Airways Flight 787 was escorted by two F-15 fighter jets to the airport, landing safely at 12:05 p.m.
In July, US security officials warned airlines that terrorists were considering surgically hiding bombs inside humans to evade airport security. Recent intelligence indicated a fresh interest in using the tactic, the AP reported at the time.