Plane Escorted By Fighter Jets After Passengers Won’t Leave Bathroom

Suspicious activity aboard two commercial flights forced U.S. Air Force to send fighter jets to escort airplanes flying to New York City and Detroit with pilots reporting some passengers are spending too long time in bathrooms. All passengers were carefully checked and released after being questioned upon landing.

Plane Escorted by Fighter Jets

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York was escorted by jet fighters after three passengers repeatedly visited the bathroom aboard and cabin crew members considered such an activity suspicious. No bombs or other threats were found aboard the airplane after it safely landed at New York’s Kennedy Airport.

A Denver-to-Detroit Frontier Airlines flight was also escorted by air force fighters, after a couple of persons spent unusually long time in the bathroom raising suspicions among the crew. Three passengers were questioned at Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport, and all three were released after no threats detected on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

According to the FBI, the jets escorted the two flights as a precaution and FBI agents questioned all passengers involved in suspicious activity after both aircraft landed. FBI agents find no terrorism connections in both cases.

New Your City was on alert for possible terrorist attacks on the eve of 9/11 anniversary and the authorities were carefully checking all and every signal related to terrorism in the past few days. However, commercial pilots probably overreacted just like the FBI did, industry sources commented.

New Unconfirmed Terror Threat On U.S.

United States’ Department of Homeland Security is investigating reports that a new bomb attack can hit New York City at the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Matt Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, acknowledged the reports came from credible sources and are investigated using all possible means, adding that for the time being there is no confirmation such attacks on the Big Apple are going to take place.

911 terror threats

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told journalists the police is going to check vehicle at designated checkpoints in and out of the city and will introduce additional checks on the subway. Furthermore, the police forces will patrol bridges and tunnels within the metro area and will check for possible threats.

Police sources said that the authorities expect the attack to be carried out by a vehicle, in a similar fashion as the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York. Then a bomb planted in a vehicle exploded in the basement of the building.

President Obama members of Congress are briefed on the threat and the presidential administration and anti-terrorism agencies now redoubled their efforts to prevent any terrorist attacks, White House officials said.