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Sep112011

Security Threat Feared on AA Flight, Fighter Jets Placed on Alert

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Two F-16 fighter jets escorted American Airlines Flight 34 until it landed safely due to a security threat on Sunday.

Three individuals started the security threat by going in and out of a bathroom on board American Airlines Flight 34 from LAX to JFK. The incident occurred late in the flight.

The scare turned out to be nothing terror related. There were federal air marshals on board who were able to bring the situation under control.

FBI and Port Authority officials waited at JFK for the flight to land. Passengers will be interviewed until the situation is further resolved.

The fighter jets followed the flight for just 100 miles, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The New York City Police Department and the JFBI Joint Terrorism Task Force were monitoring the incident throughout in case additional resources were needed.

A Port Authority spokesperson Sunday afternoon said that officials deplaned everyone onboard, and the three passengers who started the incident were detained. The spokesperson also corrected a false report that the suspects locked themselves in a bathroom. Rather, the three passengers were seen going to and from the restroom several times.

No charges were filed against the suspects.

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