Poisoned Passengers: Man Ranting About Poison and CIA During Flight To Newark Hospitalized
A passenger shouting that everyone onboard was poisoned during a flight from Hong Kong to Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey was met by police when the plane touched down on Monday afternoon.
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The passenger began screaming about national security and the CIA nine to ten hours into the flight, United Airlines Flight 116. He paced the aisles while repeating his name, age and his hometown, Binghamton, N.Y., witnesses told CBS.
"We're all being poisoned! You've all been poisoned!" various media reports claim the man shouted.
One passenger, Jacques Roizen, said the man was clearly unstable and "very paranoid." Roizen said that passengers and a flight attendant jumped on the man when the plane was about six hours from Newark, subduing for the duration of the trip. The plane continued to Newark as scheduled.
According to CBS, one passenger recorded the man screaming and ranting about the Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, and other passengers said that the man demanded the plane be diverted to Canada.
Upon landing around 1:45 p.m., the plane was met dozens of officials and emergency vehicles. The man, wearing a blue hoodie, was handcuffed and led off the plane. He was taken to a hospital to undergo evaluation.
Merrill Amos, who was at the airport when the plane landed, said she saw authorities "dragging" a man, which she assumed was the ranting passenger, down the stairs and into an SUV.
"He wasn't passed-out limp, but he looked very sluggish," Amos said.
In recent months, various poisoning attempts have made news. There has been an uptick in letters with ricin poison reaching the offices of government officials. In April, an envelope addressed to President Obama was intercepted and tested positive for ricin, and another ricin letter, this one headed for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tested positive for the poison.
Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson of New Boston, Texas, was arrested for sending the letters to President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg.
Ricin, which can be made from castor beans, has no antidote and kills its victim with 36 hours.
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