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Customs will deport passenger on diverted jet

The man taken off a Boston-bound flight Tuesday when his name appeared on a government no-fly list will be deported, US Customs officials said yesterday.

After questioning, he voluntarily withdrew his application for status as a permanent US resident, Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner Kristi Clemens said.

A Boston-bound Alitalia flight from Milan, Italy, on which he was a passenger was diverted to Bangor, Maine, on Tuesday after it was learned that the man's name was on the US government's list. Homeland Security officials said the man, whose name was not made public, was not a suspected terrorist. It was not revealed why the name was on the list.

The Transportation Security Agency said that 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 on Cape Cod accompanied it into Bangor.

The transportation agency said it was working with Alitalia to determine how the passenger was allowed to board the plane.

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