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Report: Flight to Orlando used as terrorist practice run

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Updated: 10/10/2013 2:48 pm
ORLANDO -- Terrorists are in the midst of practice runs in preparations for an attack on U.S. airlines.

That is the claim made in a report from Tampa's CBS affiliate, WTSP TV.

WTSP has obtained what it claims is a memo from the union that represents pilots for many major airlines that warns that terrorist dry runs are already underway and that the most notable example is a flight inbound to Orlando in last month.

The pilots say the most recent dry-run occurred on Flight 1880 on September 2. The flight left Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. and headed to Orlando International.

Crew members say that shortly after takeoff, a group of four "Middle Eastern" men caused a commotion.

The witnesses claim one of the men ran from his seat in coach, toward the flight deck door. He made a hard left and entered the forward bathroom "for a considerable length of time."

While he was in there, the other three men proceeded to move about the cabin, changing seats, opening overhead bins, and "generally making a scene." They appeared to be trying to occupy and distract the flight attendants.

The 10 News Investigators contacted both US Airways and the Transportation Security Administration both confirmed the incident.

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