Unruly Passengers Create Tense Moments Aboard AA Flight From LAX To JFK

3 Travelers Lock Themselves In Lavatory; Fighter Jets Shadow Plane To NYC

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s just not a day to be messing around.

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That’s what three passengers on board an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to John F. Kennedy Airport found out on Sunday afternoon.

Sources told CBS News, the three passengers on Flight 34 were disruptive, moving in and out of lavatories, even at one point locking themselves inside. Considering the heightened state of security and general uneasiness air travelers are feeling due to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on New York City and Washington D.C., security officials are leaving nothing to chance.

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The unruly passengers eventually returned to their seats. They were later questioned by federal authorities and cleared, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported. At least one federal air marshal was on board and at no point was the cockpit in danger.

There was “no nexus to terrorism,” FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald said.

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“In our eyes, it’s a big nothing,” American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said.

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The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled two F-16 jets to shadow Flight 34 until it landed safely at Kennedy Airport at 4:10 p.m. Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement. The jets acquired the plane about 100 miles west of New York City and followed until it landed.

The FBI’s Donald said in a statement that the jets were sent to escort the flight “out of an abundance of caution.”

Smith said a “security concern” was brought to the airline’s attention but the plane’s captain never declared any sort of security threat and never requested law enforcement help.

He said the crew used “normal procedures” to assess the circumstances and the plane landed as planned.

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One Comment

  1. gonzotx says:


    1. PeopleSuck says:

      THIS IS ALL BS! we sat around all three of them…nothing happened to cause this much concern. No locked gang bang in the bathroom people.

      gonzotx…take a chill pill bro. This ain’t the south in 1960’s.

      Nice $1,000,000.00 bill added to the deficit for some kooky passenger’s paranoia.

  2. Wildweasel says:

    Those 3 AH’s should have been arrested and banned from ever flying inside the US borders again.

    1. BOB USMC says:

      You should be banned from the internet.

    2. Leah says:

      Because banning people from flying for going to the bathroom is definitely an American way of doing things. Liberty and justice for all, right?

      You people have lost your minds.

  3. scallywag says:

    I suppose this is to make us all feel safer, part of the initiative of vigilance we saw with Hurricane Irene. I see a big waste of money, but maybe that’s just me, always the optimist. If police and TSA officials sees fit to scramble over a few rambunctious drunks, that’s their prerogative. Maybe they can start responding to those sots who keep puking on my stoop, as well.


    1. Joel says:


  4. cbinflux says:

    Probably Methodists or Mennonites, huh?

  5. Hank says:

    Their fellow passengers should have kicked the living stuffing out of them

    1. Chowderhead says:

      heartily agree

  6. pat says:

    What religion were they?

    1. Hank says:


      1. LMAO. “Towelish… Man, that’s funny!

      2. Dee says:

        HAHA Hank, love it ! !

  7. injun93 says:

    you are probably right.

  8. injun93 says:

    flying sucks!

    1. wildbill6996 says:

      You forgot to finish your comment,, its should be “”””””FLYING SUCKS, when you’re a frigging IDIOT “”””””…..

  9. Larry says:

    What a waste of resources. The captain himself decides there’s no unusual problem–yet someone orders up a fighter escort.

    No arrests…no threat…no problem

    And the press eats it up…. “security officials are leaving nothing to chance” and “tense moments” !!!!

  10. Sorely Frickey says:

    Six months of sol before starting their regular 20-year sentence? Not a bad idea.

  11. Bill says:

    You go to the airport, get molested by TSA,, get diarrhea after the molestation from the trauma, have to use the restroom,, and the government is willing to kill you and your fellow travelers for the trouble it caused.
    Sounds perfectly normal to me.
    I think the “terrorists” are winning.

  12. Dave says:

    If they were white it would have already been reported that Tea Party extremists held hostages and tried to down the plane, the whole whole yelling racial profanities. It was obviously a minority since no race was reported…just like those pesky old flash mob beatings and robberies.

    1. MikeD says:

      They were white, that is why their race was NOT reported.

  13. typicalwhiteguy says:

    Were they “ghey” Muslims?

  14. Greg says:

    It’s because of the “politically correct” media that the nationality of the idiots was not disclosed. I’m pretty sure, Mr. good muslim, that if they were “white guys”, the media would LOVE to report that part of the equation. It’s their silence in the matter that makes me believe they were not of caucasion origin.

  15. raul says:

    give them the gas bill for the f-16s

  16. David says:

    Sounds like hippster or code pink idiots who thught it would be funny to show civil disobedience. In response to their humor they should have been locked up and tazed on the way over to make a point.

    1. Ernaldo T says:

      They should have dropped them out the back door………….

  17. Dr. Botkin says:

    “A big nothing?” I wonder how much it cost to have three fighters shadow “the big nothing” The group maynot been terrors, but they should be thrown in jail for their disruptive behavior . And that AH at AA can go to hell.

  18. Nobama says:

    I feel moose slime has been covered up by AA

  19. cthulhu says:

    They didn’t even get tased?

  20. Sotiredofitall says:

    Can we bill them for the cost of the F16s? That is if they don;t go to jail.

    1. Bill says:

      Isn’t that what you pay taxes for?
      Why should they get the bill? Because they weren’t good little sheeple?

      1. Zipperhead says:

        Go to H E L L Bill.

  21. Joe Boxer says:

    Wouldn’t want to jump to conclusions now, would we? Wanna’ bet they were Middle Easterners? Wanna’ bet? Huh? Huh?

    1. MikeD says:

      They were white

  22. Gene McVay says:

    My guess is that they were Boy Scouts, Nuns, Navy Seals or Preachers. If they were Islamic nothing would have been said.

    1. Leslie says:

      Couldn’t agree more.

    2. Billy Jr says:

      Gene, you have it nailed, my friend!

  23. bh says:

    Hello, Folks it is “Always” American Airlines that has these types of over reaction events. Who knows why, just avoid them and fly another airlines. The few percent of paranoid citizens and paranoid out of control government is really very small compared to the rest of the citizenry. They will self destruct on their own, do not join them.

  24. Robert says:

    so ummm where were all these scrambled jets on 9/11?

    1. Francesca says:

      There was at least one jet scrambled to follow Flight 93. The pilot was ready to deal with it if necessary.

      1. Ernaldo T says:

        Actually two were scrambled, and were unarmed. They were both ready to ram flight 93 when the passengers revolted and crashed the plane…..

      2. MarcP says:

        Ernaldo T, References please.

  25. sgtcarter says:

    yeah, and send part of the bill to “guest

  26. Dantana says:

    Who were these people! Where were they from?

    1. freecheese says:

      Good question. That was my firstr thought. I would put my money that are part of the “MTV” Generation who think they are REALLY cool !

  27. jose says:

    they wont get any bill or banned from flying they will probably let them go to hijack the next plane

    1. Feste Ainoriab says:

      The security apparatchik of the United States is prone to extreme overreaction and exaggeration. Two people went into a bathroom to make out, and it becomes a federal case egged on by idiot townsfolk carrying figurative pitchforks and torches crying out to burn the witches.

      Our liberties are evaporating before our very eyes, and there is no shortage of fools who throw their support behind tyranny.

    2. Russ says:

      I think if two people go into an airplane washroom to ‘make out’ they have a serious problem. For one thing, thoughtlessness for others who might have more important things to do in the restroom than tongue their gay lover.

  28. gino papageorgeio says:

    Something is missing in this report of events. The airline says the pilot never asked for law enforcement assistance and the events on the plane were handled with “normal procedures”, so how did the Air Force get the word???

    1. Bob says:

      If you are asking an intelligent question — and I believe you are — you don’t belong in this forum, which is comprised of idiots for the most part.

  29. cheongyei says:

    So Tim Smith, the AA spokeshole says it was a big nothing?

    Then why did they call for Air Force escorts.

    American Airlines needs a new spokesman.

  30. Denver says:

    What was the race or ethnic identity of the passengers? You can bet if they were Amish, you’d know it.

  31. Guest says:

    Wouldn’t the air marshal or pilot have called this in if either thought there was truly a problem? So, who called it in? What did the passengers do that was so unruly? I lock the door whenever I use the lavatory (that’s now a suspicious act?) and on my last flight there were five or more people moving about the cabin, at times, and using the lavatories. No fighter jets were scrambled. Even the airlines said what happened on the LA-NY flight was “a big nothing”. So, why is this even newsworthy? Nonsense stories — and slipshod reporting — like this serve no purpose — though they do feed paranoia.

  32. deefefe says:

    for going to the bathroom? yikes, i guess al qaeda has won

    1. BJ says:

      They didn’t just go to the bathroom and lock the door … there were at least 2 people in the bathroom at the same time (hence the “making out”. There is NEVER an excuse for that, even when it isn’t 9/11.

      If a rotation of 3 people kept going to the bathroom in groups of 2 then yeah – I would be a little suspicious as well.

    2. Brassia says:

      I wonder how 2 people fit in the airplave lavartory- it is barelyenough room for one …lol

  33. JRHowosso says:

    I hope they send these Yahoos the bill

  34. archiesgirl says:

    One way to dissuade someone from pulling a bunch of nonsense would be to make these three boobs pay for the cost of scrambling those jets and publicize the punishment and the cost.

  35. HAL300 says:

    Pay no attention to those Jihadist Droids. They aren’t who you are looking for. Move along….

  36. Gene McVay says:

    That sounds serious, I never heard of anybody locking the door on a lavatory before. Hysterical Flight Crews and the fact that Citizens must give up all Constitutional Rights is a good reason to find other transportation. Charter a small airplane, drive, charter a limo.

    1. Chickenhead says:

      Maybe he was locking the in can so he could rub one out in there. never know.

    2. Debrief says:

      American Airlines lost 2 airplanes on 9/11,remember?? idiot.

  37. Steven Moshlak says:

    Sounds more like a drill or simulation, than anything else.

    Nothing to see. Let’s move along.

  38. Neil Mooney says:

    So if the Captain didn’t feel there was a threat and neither did the crew or Air Marshall, who called NORAD?

    1. JIm says:

      Your mom.

  39. Susuu says:

    Buttbiaquit, I suspect it’s because the full story might identify the idiots in question as members of a group, whose identity must never be mentioned, when trouble occurs on an airplane.

  40. db says:

    “In our eyes, it’s a big nothing,” American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said.

    Maybe Tim needs to be a passenger once in awhile.

    What a maroon.

    1. Noah Count says:

      3 ijit maroons. They are probably a dark red.

  41. Lee Boice says:

    I like the banned from flying idea..YEA PERFECT friggin morons

    1. Feste Ainoriba says:

      OVERREACTION. We’ve all gone mad.

  42. absolute truth says:

    The only way the racial or ethnic characteristics would ever be released is if they were chubby middle age white men.

    1. brassia says:

      Or maybe scary retired grandmothers waving (the odacity!!) an American flad at the Tea Party rally!

  43. Lee Boice says:

    any way we can have the names of these idiots? LOVE to know the details.

    1. robin says:

      Mohammed, Mohammed and Mohammed.

  44. socalxplorer says:

    I know, how about they get the bill for the fighter jets instead us tax payers?

  45. urstrange says:

    Of what ehtnic variety were these unruly passengers?

    1. urstrange says:

      OOPS…mistyped ethnic…

  46. Josh Lokken says:

    Send them the bill for putting the fighter jets in the sky. Idiots.

  47. George Carlson says:

    They couldn’t be Muslims, could they? Would they teel us?

  48. iggy says:

    it’s not that big. yet they had fighter jets escort them in. wonder what big would have done.

  49. buttbiaquit says:

    Dumb and dumber comes to mind. What type of an idiot plays around on planes anymore on 9/11 or any day for that matter.

    WHY are people just so stupid ?

    AND why aren’t we getting the full story

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