With the nation jittery because of the terror threat tied to the 9/11 anniversary, two scares in the sky Sunday turned out to be nothing more than bizarre shenanigans involving airplane bathrooms.
F-16 fighter jets shadowed two flights, one heading to Kennedy Airport and one to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, after travelers were allegedly behaving “suspiciously,” the Transportation Security Administration said Sunday.
American Airlines Flight 34 — en route from Los Angeles to New York — was followed “out of an abundance of caution,” because three passengers reportedly locked themselves in a bathroom.
An FBI spokeswoman said it was probably “just some unruly passengers.” NBC News reported the passengers were drunk.
According to the New York Post, one passenger was upset by another’s “frequent bathroom breaks” on the flight.
Tim Smith, an American Airlines spokesman, told amNewYork the plane’s captain “assessed the situation and has not declared any security threat whatsoever.”
The FBI confirmed there was an air marshal on board, and that person had secured the cockpit.
A Frontier Airlines spokesman said three people were taken into custody in Detroit after two were seen “spending an extraordinarily long time in the lavatory.”
Also Sunday, the Secret Service looked into threats posted on the White House’s Facebook account; a suspicious item found in carry-on baggage shut down part of Kansas City International Airport, and officials in Boston searched for a missing Penske truck after receiving a report that three men were seen loading large drums into it.
(with Tim Herrera)