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Chaos at LaGuardia; Passenger pinned to tarmac after ‘threat’

Chaos at LaGuardia airport as man is pinned to tarmac after Indianapolis to NYC flight was evacuated on landing when pilot reported ‘suspicious passenger and luggage on board’



There were no reported injuries to any passengers or crew members, who described the suspect as showing 'erratic behavior'. The pilot radioed for an emergency landing and reported a suspicious passenger and luggage on board after the flight left Indianapolis around 1pm bound for LaGuardia. Meanwhile, a video posted to Twitter captioned 'so the end of our flight got interesting' showed a man lying face down on the tarmac with two firefighters standing over him. A woman then yelled: 'Get back! Get back!' and off-camera passengers said: 'Let's go! Let's go! Let's go!' as they backed away from the man.
  • American Airlines flight AA4817 made an emergency landing at LaGuardia and deplaned the passengers after a ‘potential security issue’
  • But the pilot reportedly landed the plane after noticing a ‘suspicious passenger and luggage on board’
  • The flight crew he suggested he had a ‘device’ aboard the plane
  • The suspicious passenger has been taken into custody for questioning and his identity was not immediately clear 
  • There were no reported injuries to any passengers or crew members 
  • Videos of a man being pinned down to the tarmac by firefighters were posted to social media and emergency crews were spotted spraying the airplane

An ‘unruly’ passenger aboard an American Airlines-operated flight claimed he had a ‘device’ – causing havoc and fear as the the plane landed at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Saturday.

Dramatic footage showed a passenger pinned to the tarmac as emergency workers evacuated the American Eagle flight from Indianapolis after the pilot reported a ‘suspicious passenger and luggage on board’.

All 80 passengers were taken off flight AA4817 and videos of a man being pinned down to the tarmac by firefighters were posted to social media.

A senior law enforcement official said the passenger was ‘unruly’ and alleged that when confronted by the flight crew he suggested he had a ‘device’ aboard the plane, according to NBC New York.

The suspicious passenger has been taken into custody for questioning and his identity was not immediately released..

The airline has yet to release more details, including what the supposed ‘device’ was that prompted the emergency landing. 

Emergency crews were seen spraying the airplane after the passengers deplaned.

The other passengers were safely transported from the tarmac to the terminal after the plane landed at about 3pm.  

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Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, Has Been Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

This follows his transfer to a medical facility in December



The new comes from a letter he wrote:

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Foreign-born population soars to new record under Biden; highest rate of immigrants since 1910



Foreign-born population soars to new record under Biden; highest rate of immigrants since 1910

The U.S. has had a massive surge in immigration this year, with as many as 1.5 million newcomers and a record 46.2 million foreign-born people, according to a report for the Center for Immigration Studies.

After a deep trough last year, likely because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel and migration restrictions imposed to control the spread, the flow of people rebounded around the time President Biden was elected.

In numbers never seen before, they are coming legally through airports and land border crossings and illegally across the Rio Grande and remote regions of Arizona and California.

“There was pent-up demand for legal immigration, and illegal immigration has exploded in one of the greatest surges, if not the greatest, we’ve ever seen,” said Steven A. Camarota, the demographer who was the chief author of the report. “It’s driving the numbers up and up and up.”

As it stands, 14.2% of the U.S. population is foreign-born, or 1 out of every 7 people. That is the highest rate of immigrants in the population since 1910, when the number was 14.7%. At current trends, the government says, the U.S. will break that record well before the end of this decade.

Those numbers are even starker given the reversal of trends.

The data showed a drop of 1.2 million immigrants from February to September 2020, likely the result of coronavirus restrictions blocking new entrants, even as outmigration continued. That left the population of the foreign-born — the Census Bureau’s term — at 43.8 million.

It was up to 45 million by January and marched steadily to the current 46.2 million total shown for last month.

In the year after President Trump’s election, the immigrant population flattened.

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Biden Vaccine Mandate for Contractors Blocked Nationwide



Biden Vaccine Mandate for Contractors Blocked Nationwide
  • Mandate one of a set of Biden vaccine initiatives
  • States say contractor requirement violates Constitution

The Biden administration’s mandate for federal contractors’ employees to be vaccinated will be halted nationwide, amid a slew of challenges from states that say the president overstepped his authority in requiring the Covid-19 shots.

Led by Georgia, the seven states that challenged the mandate set to take effect on Jan. 4 are likely to succeed in their lawsuits against the administration’s order, U.S. District Court Judge R. Stan Baker of the Southern District of Georgia said in an order issued Tuesday.

The Biden administration mandate applies to roughly a quarter of the U.S. workforce and affects companies that do business with the federal government, including Lockheed Martin Corp., Microsoft Corp., Alphabet Inc.‘s Google, and General Motors Co.

Baker’s order follows a Kentucky federal judge’s grant last week of a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit involving Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. Baker echoed what his Kentucky counterpart said, that blocking the mandate didn’t indicate that the vaccine wouldn’t be effective to stopping the spread of Covid-19, but rather that Biden didn’t have the power to issue such an executive order.

Representatives from Georgia universities testified during an injunction hearing earlier this month, arguing that implementation of the mandate would be expensive, onerous, and cost them valuable employees who haven’t yet presented proof of vaccination. Those schools receive millions from the federal government.

The court found that the states could likely prove that Congress didn’t clearly authorize the president to issue the mandate, and that it “goes far beyond addressing administrative and management issues in order to promote efficiency and economy in procurement and contracting.” The 2017 nominee of President Donald Trump said, instead, the executive order works as a “regulation of public health.”

Neither the lawyers representing the state coalition nor the U.S. government immediately responded to emailed requests for comment.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little cheered Tuesday’s ruling in a statement. The state is part of the Georgia-led contractor mandate challenge, as well as lawsuits against the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration’s shot-or-test emergency regulation for large U.S. businesses, and another inoculation rule for healthcare workers.

“Yet another one of President Biden’s vaccine mandates have been temporarily shut down because the states—including Idaho—took a stand against his unprecedented government overreach into Americans’ lives and businesses,” Little said in the statement. “All three mandates are now completely stalled. We will continue to press forward in our fight against the federal government’s bad policies.”

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