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Fighter jets safely escort NYC, Detroit flights when passenger use of bathrooms raises concern
NEW YORK (AP) ' Authorities say fighter jets escorted two commercial flights into New York City and Detroit "out of an abundance of caution" on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The bathroom use by some passengers aroused the suspicion Sunday. No arrests were made.
On an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles, three passengers who made repeated bathroom trips were cleared after the plane safely landed at New York's Kennedy Airport.
On a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to Detroit, the crew noticed two people spending an excessive amount of time in a bathroom. Police detained three passengers at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport. They also were eventually released.
New York, in particular, has been in a heightened state of security after federal officials received a tip of a car bomb threat.