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Fighter Jets Escort Flight From LAX to JFK; Passengers and Plane Safe [UPDATE]

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News of a scare on American Airlines Flight 34 from Los Angeles to New York prompted fighter jets to scramble and escort the plane, but the threat appears to be unfounded. The panic began after reports that three passengers had locked themselves in the plane’s bathroom. ABC News’ Jake Beckman tweeted, “According to police, passengers on AA34 did not appear to be terrorists, just individuals who kept going to the bathroom.”

The above tweet sent out by the NY Scanner feed appears to be the first report of fighter jets being sent to meet the flight.

Jake Beckman also tweeted that NORAD had confirmed the presence of the two jets:

We will update further when more information becomes available.

UPDATE: According to the AP, air marshals were onboard the flight and “were able to resolve the incident.” The passengers in question are being held by FBI authorities and Port Authority Police, who met the flight after it landed.

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