FBI agents in training exercise mistakenly cuff, interrogate Delta pilot in Boston hotel, report
The incident occurred Tuesday and has been confirmed by the FBI, Boston police and the Defense Department, which also participating in the exercise.
An airline pilot staying in a Boston hotel was mistaken detained during a training exercise involving federal agents, according to news reports.
The Delta Airlines employee was handcuffed and interrogated for about 30 minutes until agents realized their mistake, sources told local ABC-TV affiliate WCVB-5.
The incident occurred Tuesday and has been confirmed by the FBI, Boston police and the Defense Department, which also participated in the exercise.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed a hotel guest was "mistakenly" detained during the exercise and those participating in it were mistakenly sent to the wrong room.
The incident occurred at about 10 p.m. in the Revere Hotel in Boston, the TV station also reports.
"We’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the individual who was affected by the training exercise," said Lt. Col. Mike Burns of U.S. Army Special Operations Command. "The training was meant to enhance soldiers’ skills to operate in realistic and unfamiliar environments. The training team, unfortunately, entered the wrong room and detained an individual unaffiliated with the exercise."
A Delta Airlines spokesperson said the company is investigating reports of an alleged incident in Boston that may involve one of its employees.