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American Airlines Flight 34 Escorted By Fighter Jets After Passengers Refuse To Leave Bathroom

American Airlines

First Posted: 09/11/11 06:32 PM ET Updated: 11/11/11 05:12 AM ET

Military jets escorted an American Airlines plane to a safe landing at New York City's JFK Airport on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

NBC LA reports that the two F-16 fighter jets were called into action after three passengers refused to come out of a bathroom on a flight originating in Los Angeles.

There was initially some confusion as to whether the jets had been called, with NBC New York noting that a security official first said fighter jets had been launched and then another security official said they had been set to launch.

A law enforcement official told the AP that the incident isn't thought to be terrorism.

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Filed by Simon McCormack  |