Yesterday there were two “security threats” where F16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort airliners after “terror threats” were declared.
In the widely-reported “breaking” story, a pair of fighter jets were scrambled to escort an American Airlines jet into New York’s JFK airport. Three people were reported “detained.”
We now learn that the pilot became spooked by passengers’ frequent trips to and from the restroom. Federal air marshals aboard flight 34 from Los Angeles to JFK were able to resolve the situation when the passengers complied with their instructions, police officials said. The pilot then radioed that the situation was under control and the plane landed safely. Three male passengers were questioned upon arrival (not really “detained”), but no charges were filed against them, authorities said.
The second incident requiring fighter jets involved two people aboard that plane were “allegedly behaving suspiciously,” according to the FBI spokesperson in Denver, Dave Joly. The plane was met in the Detroit airport by law enforcement and taken to a remote area for a security screening, but no explosives were found, Joly said.
Instead, the “suspicious behavior” was two people “making out” in the bathroom mid-flight, law enforcement sources told ABC News. Three people were taken into custody for questioning (three?), Frontier Airlines said in a statement, but no arrests have been made in that case either.
Thank goodness for the federal government keeping us safe!