GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A flight from Minneapolis to Grand Forks that was carrying 20 passengers, including three Saudi aviation students new to the United States, was diverted to Fargo and searched for explosives after the crew mistakenly thought a lavatory smoke detector had been tampered with, authorities said.
Passenger behavior, and not the nationality of passengers on the Sunday flight, was behind the decision to ground the flight, Amy Howell,
The three students spoke little English and had just arrived in the United States from Saudi Arabia to study aviation at the University of North Dakota.
The Transportation Security Administration on Sunday said a search for explosives onboard the jet that was also carrying three crew members turned up nothing. Passengers were bused to Grand Forks.