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Military jets safely escort flight to NYC

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TOM HAYS | September 12, 2011 11:16 AM EST | AP


NEW YORK — Two military aircraft escorted a New York-bound American Airlines flight from Los Angeles after three passengers locked themselves in the bathroom, officials said Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. A law enforcement official said it wasn't thought to be terrorism.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled two F-16 jets to shadow Flight 34 until it landed safely at New York's Kennedy Airport shortly after 4 p.m., the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement.

A NORAD spokesman said passengers locked themselves in the bathroom and were still inside when the plane landed. The FBI was responding to the airport. The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

A law enforcement official says it isn't thought to be terrorism. A NORAD spokesman confirmed the military aircraft intercepted the flight about 100 miles west of New York and shadow it until it landed.