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Published October 19, 2010, 10:58 AM

UND Says Flight Diverted to Fargo Was Right Decision

University of North Dakota officials say Delta Airlines did the right thing when it diverted a flight after a crew member became suspicious of three UND students. It happened Sunday when a commuter jet made an emergency landing in Fargo.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Three University of North Dakota students from Saudi Arabia drew suspicion on a commercial jet that was diverted to Fargo from Minneapolis on Sunday.

A flight attendant thought that one of the students may have tampered with a fire suppression device in the bathroom. One of the students had apparently used the bathroom prior. This is the first year for the aviation students who are taking mostly English language classes this year.

Dean of UND Aviation Bruce Smith says the airline did the right thing by following policy and procedure.

"Racial profiling didn't have anything to do with it. It's strictly a judgment call on the part of the flight crew and they all did the right things. People on the ground did all the right things," Smith said.

There are currently 60 Saudi Arabian students enrolled in the UND Aviation program.

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