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Man Questioned After Miami Flight

July 10, 2002

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MIAMI (AP) _ A Bolivian man with mental problems was briefly questioned Wednesday after he asked for a tour of the cockpit during an AirTran flight from Atlanta, officials said.

AirTran Flight 501 made its scheduled landing in Miami.

The 49-year-old man, who was on medication and accompanied by his mother, never got past the first class section, said FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela. Authorities met the plane after it landed and briefly questioned the man but he was not detained.

``He asked the flight crew several times for a tour of the cockpit. This raised suspicions or red flags with them,″ said Miami-Dade Police Detective Robert Williams.

His passport specified that he could travel only if accompanied by his mother, Orihuela said. His name was not released.

AirTran said the man had gotten up when the seat belt sign was lit and insisted on speaking with the captain, but he sat down after a flight attendant asked him to. ``At no time was the safety of the flight jeopardized,″ the airline said in a statement.

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