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Drunk Passenger, Miscommunication Prompted Fears of Hijacked Flight from Australia to Indonesia

Steve Neavling

A drunk passenger on a flight from Australia to Indonesia and miscommunication from a pilot caused fears that a Boeing 737 had been hijacked.

BBC reports that a passenger prompted the scare by trying to enter the cockpit, causing the pilot to send a distress signal.

The crew eventually handcuffed the man, who authorities identified as Matt Christopher, a 28-year-old from Australia.

“This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication,” Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official said. “There was a drunk passenger, intoxicated and aggressively behaved. He was trying to enter the cockpit, banging the door but he did not enter the cockpit.”

News of possible hijacking spread worldwide early this morning.

Outdated Surveillance Equipment Poses Dangers to U.S. Border Patrol Agents

Steve Neavling

The Obama administration is placing the lives of U.S. Border Patrol agents at risk by delaying the renewal of outdated surveillance equipment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Most recently, a faulty ground sensor sent a false alarm to Border Patrol agents who rushed to a remote canyon Oct. 2 and opened fire on each other. One agent was killed, another injured.

The incident has caused concern among federal law enforcement because the network of more than 12,800 ground sensors is deteriorating and in need of updates, the LA Times reported.

That was supposed to happen under a $1.5 billion Arizona Border Surveillance Technology Plan over the next decade, according to the LA Times.

The federal government “must replace outdated sensors with more modern, effective technology that can assist the Border Patrol in securing our borders while not sending agents into the field unnecessarily,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the senior Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.