✈️The Boeing 767 flew all night from London's Heathrow Airport

✈️Two distuptive passengers triggered a diversion

A United flight headed to Newark Liberty International Airport from London's Heathrow Airport was diverted to Maine on Friday morning because of a disturbance on board involving two passengers.

The FAA told New Jersey 101.5 United 883 landed safely at Bangor International Airport around 10 a.m. after the crew reported a "passenger disturbance."

A United Airlines spokewoman said two passengers appeared intoxicated and became disruptive triggering a Level 2 disturbance.  They were removed from the plane by law enforcement. The passengers will be banned from future United flights while the incident is reviewed by the airline.

According to the FAA, a Level 2 involves "physically abusive behavior."

The Boeing 767 was at 34,000 feet when an emergency was declared and the flight diverted, according to FlightAware.com. 150 passengers and 10 crew members were on board. The flight has already left Maine to complete the flight.

The City of Bangor declined comment on the incident and referred questions to the FAA and United Airlines.

Flight path of United flight 883 3/1/24
Flight path of United flight 883 3/1/24 (FlightAware.com)

A United flight from Newark to Los Angeles on Feb. 21 was diverted to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport because of a "potential security concern" that led to a Level 2 emergency.

International flights with terroristic threats or unruly passengers are often diverted to Bangor because of its location at the far northeastern edge of the United States.

Its runway is 11,000 feet, which can accommodate an emergency landing by the space shuttle.

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