According to, Federal authorities diverted a San-Francisco-bound United Airlines jet on its way from Atlanta to Dallas Monday after finding an unclaimed BlackBerry on board.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Yolanda Clark said that the aircraft was secure and that there was no indication that the BlackBerry was being used as a remote trigger for an explosive device and that United flight 351 was diverted to Dallas “out of an abundance of caution.”

The flight was diverted on the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. Authorities decided not to send military fighter aircraft to escort the jet, as is routine during an emergency, said Lt. Col. John Cornelio, a spokesman for U.S. Northern Command.

I guess it’s always better to be safe than sorry. What a world we live in these days…

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