Original translation by Hermes
According to information from FOCUS Online, serious incidents happened on Tuesday in two transatlantic flights to the USA from the Frankfurt airport. The two planes remained for security reasons on the ground due to the strong suspicion that explosive charges were placed in the washrooms (of the planes).
As confirmed by US Airways on Wednesday upon request, flight 703 to Philadelphia was – among others – cancelled. This was also confirmed by eyewitnesses to FOCUS Online. After having checked-in, one was told that an indefinable package was found in the washrooms of the plane”, Alberto Friedmann, a trainer of the US Martial Arts team said.
After this, the planes were taken to a remote and secured place. There the company informed the passengers on board that they were dealing with a suspicion regarding explosive charges. The passengers had to wait for 2 hours before being allowed to leave the plane. Friedman also said that he got to know from the flying company that a total of 3 flights to the USA were cancelled due to security reasons.
Suspicious person on board
The police authorities dealing with this issue did not want to answer questions, but they confirmed another incident on flight 118 of the United Airlines from Frankfurt to New York with 118 passengers and 9 crew members. The captain halted the starting procedure at about 09:30 a.m.
„The crew had suspicion that a person on board was acting in a rather suspicious way and had eventually smuggled a dangerous object into the plane”, a spokesperson said to FOCUS Online. The Federal Police then searched the entire plane taking security measures. The passengers and the baggage was checked again, and the suspicion was cleared up. The flight in question was annulled by the company, and the passengers were transferred to other flights or temporarily accommodated in hotels.