Did an American Airlines flight traveling from Cincinnati to Phoenix encounter an unidentified flying object (UFO)? That’s the question people are asking after a report that Flight 2292 encountered an unknown object at 36,000 feet. The U.S. Sun reported on the incident:
Steve Douglass, an experienced radio interceptor, claims to have heard the strange transmission while recording from his arsenal of scanners.
In the radio transmission, the pilot can be heard telling air traffic control in Albuquerque about a mysterious object.
A report from FOX News
“Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us,” the pilot said in the radio transmission.
“I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast. It went right over the top of us.”
Initially, there was speculation that the object might have come from a nearby missile base with a U.S. Sun article noting:
However, this may not be the case as:
Scott Stearns of White Sands Missile Range, said no tests took place on Sunday – and pointed out there is a distance or around 400 miles between the missile range and northeastern New Mexico.
American Airlines seems to be taking things in stride as it’s referred the news media to contact the FBI about the situation. According to FOX News
“Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21,” an American Airlines spokesperson told Fox News in a statement. “For any additional questions on this, we encourage you to reach out to the FBI.”
Currently, one of American Airlines’ top priorities seems to be cracking down on a process known as skiplagging. In case you’re unfamiliar with it, Simpleflying.com explains:
Skiplagging is the practice of booking an itinerary where the stopover is the true and intended destination of the traveler. Using our’ point A to point B’ phrasing, a passenger would book a ticket that takes them from point A to point C, with a stopover at point B. The passenger’s actual destination is point B and leaves the airport at this layover, leaving their seat empty on the B-to-C portion of the journey. Skiplagging is also known as a “hidden-city” flight
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