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No charges against men in 9/11 jet scare

September 12, 2011 |  7:23 am

No charges will be filed against three men who caused an incident on a Los Angeles-to-New York flight on Sunday.

The American Airlines flight was escorted by fighter jets into John F. Kennedy International Airport after the men refused to leave the bathroom, according to the FBI.

Flight No. 34 took off at 8 a.m. in Los Angeles and landed safely at 4:15 p.m. in New York. The incident is not believed to be related to terrorism, FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser said. Agents are on the ground interviewing people and conducting an investigation, she said.

An air marshal was on board the flight and secured the cockpit when the passengers refused to exit the bathroom, Langmesser said. Law enforcement officials were notified and the plane was escorted during the last few hundred miles.

The men were questioned after the plane landed and released.


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