A Delta Airlines pilot got the scare of a lifetime when Members of the FBI and the US Army Special Operations Command who were conducting a training exercise in downtown Boston raided the wrong hotel room and detained him inside before realizing their mistake.
According to CBS News, the pilot was a guest at the hotel and was sleeping in his room. He woke up by a commotion outside and opened the door. Agents barged in, handcuffed him, and interrogated him before proceeding to put him in the shower.
It didn’t take long for the agents to realize they got the wrong guy.
The FBI released a statement addressing the incident.
“At approximately 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, the FBI Boston Division was assisting the U.S. Department of Defense in conducting a Department of Defense (DOD) training exercise at a hotel in Boston to simulate a situation their personnel might encounter in a deployed environment. Based on inaccurate information, they were mistakenly sent to the wrong room and detained an individual, not the intended role player,” The Bureau said.
“Thankfully nobody was injured,” the statement added. “The Boston Police Department was called and responded to the scene to confirm that this was indeed a training exercise. Safety is always a priority of the FBI, and our law enforcement partners, and we take these incidents very seriously. The Boston Division is reviewing the incident with DOD for further action as deemed appropriate,” the FBI concluded.
Delta also issued a statement about the incident.
“We are looking into reports of an alleged incident in Boston that may involve Delta people. We have nothing further to share at this time other than to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our people,” Delta said.
“First and foremost, we’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the individual who was affected by the training exercise,” USASOC Lt. Col. Mike Burns said.
The exercise was meant to “enhance soldiers’ skills to operate in realistic and unfamiliar environments,” Burns said, adding the incident is under review.
The incident took place at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, according to the Boston Police Department.