NORAD: Military jets safely escort flight to NYC

September 11, 2011 - 3:50 PM

Associated Press (AP) — A NORAD spokesman says two military aircraft were dispatched to intercept an American Airlines flight bound for New York from Los Angeles after a report of a disturbance.

Flight 34 landed safely after 4 p.m. Sunday. The nature of the incident was unclear but a law enforcement official says it isn't thought to be terrorism.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. The official says three passengers locked themselves in the bathroom and were still inside when the plane landed.

The FBI is responding to Kennedy Airport.

A spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command says confirmed the military aircraft intercepted the flight about 100 miles west of New York and shadow it until it landed.