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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  • Justin

    “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.”

    Why couldn’t they intercept any of the 4 ‘hijacked’ planes on 9/11?

    Simple question for the simple mind, yet the only response is fueled by hate and confusions, and the infamous ‘conspiracy’.

  • lucy72

    Also what?

  • john oakman

    Wanna bet these were PEOPLE of COLOR??? Of course they were–white folks would be arrested. Wake up sheeple!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ellie Light

    They should have shot the plane down and asked questions later.

  • Julie Child

    There was another incident of this on Frontier Airlines in Denver, flight from San Diego heading to Detroit. Same problem, 3 people entering/exiting bathrooms for long periods of time. Doesn’t that make you wonder? Same day, same problem, different flights. But you Muslim loving, US hating morons will probably just strike down my comment. The Muslims have won.

    • Lou

      They are called “moslem”. The term “muslim” is a European pc term. It is proper and correct not to capitalize anything that has to do with the mahound cult.

  • daveb

    I am confused.
    After Big sis frisked and sexually abused everyone before getting on the plane, She had her goons scamble 2 F-16’s at a cost of ??? paid for by The citizens of this country because a couple of drunks were rude and locked themselves in the bathroom???
    Makes a lot of sense, I guess, if you are an imbicile or moron!
    What were they concerned about? Some loose stool or possible the F-16 could flush the toilets remotely?

  • Shawn

    Additional digging found the names of the people who were back and forth to the bathroom to be members of the Clark Crizwald family returning from a Las Vegas vacattion. Clark apparently had blue stains on his jacket sleeve and right leg and after lengthy questioning they admitted to being members of the mile high club.
    Qustion: If this didn’t raise concerns with the flight crew, as the story says… who called the boys with the air to air missles??? Are people on the flight using thier phones when they should be off and Stowed??? Time for a real investigation!
    Come on People – you have more chance of being hit by lightning while being stung with a deadly African Bee Swarm while chocking on a tofu rice crispy treat than to be killed by a terrorist. Stop the Wars – Stop spending our childrens inheritance killing people on the other side of the world,

  • Flatulence

    Probably just a bunch of butt pirates.

  • Todd

    Strange story. In all likelihood they were just drunks.


  • al196112

    Who the heck flies on 9/11 anyway? People enjoy being more tense and frisked than usual? You couldn’t pay me enough.

  • GetReal

    I say charge the unruly passengers with the cost of the two F-16 flights…have any idea how much fuel they burn n what it costs….?

  • snapper

    Were the flight one of United’s I could well understand passengers rioting after my experience SF to STL.

  • sean Patriot

    I would have broke the door down and snapped their freakin necks.

  • R Sr Simon

    Reading these comments, with respect to most of you, I’d be more concerned about your lack of IQ and how obviously dumbed down you are reather than some CBS poorly written “news” piece.

    I hope that most of you idiots that write comments here can’t procreate.

  • CO

    Interesting that people are now blaming the boomers for the mess we are in. I have some news for you. The younger people of this country were duped by Obama and came out in droves to vote for him. I’m a boomer and saw through his slick talk and wouldn’t have voted for him if he had been the only candidate. Now you you younger generation are finally growing up a bit and are able to see what you elected. Don’t blame us. We didn’t want him.

  • Gator Dave

    There is more to the story. What exactly did they do to be “unruly”? Drunk? Singing show tunes off-key? Jumping on other seats? All three went in the bathroom together and made loud strange sounds?

    There is more we haven’t heard.

  • Joe the Plum

    How’d more than one of them fit in one of those airplane bathrooms? Were they little people?

  • Garth

    This is proof that the airlines need to raise fares high enough, so that the garbage that is currently buying seats on planes can no longer afford to. Would be nice to return air travel to the glory days of the 60’s and early 70’s when flying was elegant and fun. People dressed appropriately, behave accordingly, and we all got excellent service. Today, anything goes on an aircraft, flip flops, t-shirts, making out in bathrooms. I say put these 3 goofballs away for a few years, give them the bill for the F-16 escort, and stop allowing garbage from greyhound to fly on aircraft……..

    • Gator Dave

      Rich people can be azz-wholes on a plane too. (Yes, I said wholes, they’re not halves)

  • Carla McCarthy

    And this is why i’m afraid of planes.

  • Hank Warren

    Who did it? Read a real Banned 9/11 book, here:

  • Steve

    Jets were scrambled on 9/11 from Otis AFB in MA, and a National Guards base in Michigan. There were orders to shoot down any passenger jet that had not complied with FAA instructions. The Otis pilots did not get to NY fast enough to intercept the American Airline jets that crashed the towers; they were diverted to cover air space between NY and DC. The Michigan F-16s did have the order to shoot down United 93; the passengers saved them from having to execute that command.

  • jjv

    Strange how they give NO INFO on the disruptor s.. W@anna bet they were muslims?

    • Daddy-O

      I guarantee you they were sand duners doing a dry run…

  • bullett

    Over active bladder?

  • Josh

    Ruin your plans?

    • Dee

      Good one Josh

    • Ronny Hollywood

      Time to stop allowing any and all immigration from the Middle East. LONG overdue in fact.

      Visit the Council of Conservative Citizens today and let’s make our voices heard!


  • Jim Harrington Sr

    Why no info on perps? We have a right to know. Are they going to pay the bill for scrambling fighters? Why should we?!?!?! Either lock em up for a few years, or drain their banks and possessions to pay the bill. And lets see them frog marched through downtown. If they are under age, march their parents with them.

  • Michael Warren

    You complete moron: What party is in control of the government and the TSA right now? Read a book, for Christ’s sake.

  • maxtor

    i notice that they didn’t mention the sex or ethnicity of the passengers….if it was one woman and two men or one man and two women then they were try to join the mile high club, in other words, having some kind of sex above the earth in a plane. if it was 3 men then they had good cause to be cautious. they could have been gay men trying to have sex above the earth but not as likely as women and men. if they were arguing or being disruptive then they should be worried.

  • Tea Party Granny

    Is anyone surprised the cities of departure and arrival are liberal bastions? Ten to one, these were either muslims or violent union thugs who were barely able to contain their predilections for hostage taking, industrial sabotage, and brutal beatings.

    • Joe the Plum

      Whoa- I commend you on your active imagination about how the world works, tp granny.

    • Rodin

      No, it was two Jews and a Russian. A little alzheimer’s goes a long way, Granny.

  • Johnny Bee Dawg

    AMEN!! Excellent points.

  • Matthew King

    Now the government considers excess trips or time in the bathroom as probable cause (to scramble F-16 fighters no less).

    Wake up sheeple!

    • Troll

      “Sheeple”, “wake up”, “false flag” are code words and phrases for “I am an arrogant kook.”

      • Levi Mordachai

        Sheeple = people who act like sheep, or many Americans today.
        Wake up = get your heads out of the sand or your ass.
        false flag = what they did to us on 9/11/01 and other times.

        Reality = something you are not comfortable with

      • Awake

        D0uchebag = Levi Mordechai

      • Dog

        Awake = Clueless status quo sheeple idiot who supports wars without end and is afraid of people on the other side of the world, who have no industrial base or capacity to make war

      • Your Mom

        Dog = r e t a r d unable to think.

      • Ralloh

        Liberal = proven genetically defective human incapable of rational thinking.

    • nick

      the government is staffed by morons that gave us 9-11
      and wars we cant win

  • jekyllisland

    So all the security that the Mayor of NY City imposed was a Republican’s fault?

    you are a moron

  • The Indicator

    This is a CBS News Story. Of course the ethnic background of the three passengers is absolutely known with 100% certainty. And also with 100% certainty the three are not white, and almost certainly Muslim. But no problem, keep watching CBS News for your national and local news; you’re getting all the “facts” you need.

  • Fisher1949

    Locking the bathroom door is a crime now? I guess that after being digitally strip search and felt up in the airport, they assume passengers have no sense of privacy left and that they may as well leave the bathroom door open too.

    This over-reaction is the product of the baseless paranoia being spread by our masters at DHS and TSA.

    • John

      Perhaps the 3 passengers were locked in the bathroom at the same time? That would be reason for concern, wouldn’t it?

  • Joel

    Uh……..you have that absolutely backwards. The media cover up for the towel heads. Your president, attorney general, etc are muslims.

  • Stormzeye

    Crackpots and @$$holes flying from LAX to JFK? Unbelievable!

  • Justin Time

    NORAD scrambled jets on 9/11 too. Didn’t do much good when the president refused to give the go-ahead. The only true threat the American people face isn’t from terrorists or other Americans, because we can and will easily stop them. The true threat to American people is their own government. Always has been and always will be.

    • Joel


      You are right on. We need to take back our government from the simpleminded boomers and their illegitimate offsprjing./.

      • Dog

        Sorry old people, we are in charge now.

        Good Job letting the government spend all of your Social Security money on wars. I don’t consider it mine, because I know your generation has already squandered it all with mismanagement. So now you get to live off of my buck and I will probably get nothing

        Greatest generation my but

      • BOB USMC

        Dog. Do some research. The bankers, not the boomers / old people. Here’s a simple quest for you. Find out why we have a “Treasurer of the United States” and a “Secretary of the Treasury” and where they’re located. Hint:… One’s in Peurto Rico. Educate yourself before you look even dumber than you do.

    • HMichaelH

      I agree with you that too much government (and for the past 50 or 60 years we have had waaaaay too much government) is a direct and real threat to our American principles and way of life. But I disagree that America does not face a true threat from terrorists. Clearly, they, also, are a direct and real threat, even if they lack the intensity to be systemic in potential negative consequences.

      • Dog

        And where are these terrorists of which you speak?

        If terrorists were really here to get us, they would have already blown holes in the Alaskan pipeline which runs for a hundred miles in the middle of nowhere wilderness of Alaska and Canada with very little defending it.

    • idiot

      u r an idiot

    • Aryans Arise

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!

    • Chris

      Last time I checked, Bush authorized to shoot down any passenger jet that did not respond. Learn to read.

    • That Jesus Guy

      You are incorrect. The VP gave the order to take down United 93. NORAD had orders to take it down before it reached DC. Bush gave him authority after it was confirmed an attack. Additionaly, it was unclear how many planes were being used in the attacks, that’s why the order to sit down at the closes strip. If any planes did not comply NORAD had orders.

    • dogsrfun

      Typical liberal. Bush refused?? Get your facts. Cheney ordered the go-ahead, Bush authorized it.

  • Lynn

    Good idea, Tex – get the trash off the planes and safety will improve dramatically. Prices are way too low to keep the airlines in business anyway. Just a matter of time before there’s a “bailout”.

  • bob

    So now the government sends jets and interrogates you for moving around and locking the bathroom door. This is why i quit flying and drive now.

  • no candy for you

    “Unruly”, is that not a term used for kindergatners?

    American Airlines is cusping on being anal compulsive, fly another carrier instead of this rejects

  • Waste of time, effort, & Resources

    Proof that American Airlinea employees have a douch bag mentality

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