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Two strange incidents on airline flights cause concern on terrorist attack anniversary

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At least one incident involved passengers entering the restroom for extended periods of time which initiated security concerns and an F-16 escort into JFK Airport.

In the second incident, more suspicious bathroom activity brought about concerns on a flight into Detroit’s airport. In both cases, the fighter jets were scrambled. In each case those involved in he trips to the restroom were met and interviewed by security personnel, but ultimately released.

According to media reports, the first incident was a cross-country flight from Los Angeles to New York. In this case, three passengers reportedly got up and entered the restroom. When that raised eyebrows among passengers and the flight attendants, attempts were made to get them to leave the restroom. When the three passengers refused to leave, suspicions were raised even higher.

In the second, and earlier, incident, there were two passengers that reportedly were spending a longer-than-usual amount of time in the restroom. This time the pilots radioed ahead there was a concern. This flight, from Frontier Airlines, was from Denver to Detroit. Again, fighter jets were scrambled and escorted the flight to its destination.

The two passengers in the flight to Detroit were taken into custody. It was reported that the couple was “making out” in the restroom. The three passengers were also taken into custody after the flight to New York, questioned, but ultimately released.

Sensitivities were raised on Sunday as it was he 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. This came just days after it was determined that there was a credible threat of terrorist activity on the anniversary.

Both airports and national security personnel stated that their response to the passengers in the restroom was not out of the ordinary. It was the same response they would have made on any other day and it was not done just because it was the anniversary of 9/11.

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