US army jets escort plane to Seattle after security scare

By REUTERS
January 18, 2013 09:34

LOS ANGELES - Two US fighter jets were scrambled on Thursday to escort a commercial airliner to Seattle after the FBI received an anonymous tip, apparently unfounded, that a hijacker was aboard, officials said.

The plane, which originated in Hawaii, landed safely at about 7 p.m. local time at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where it was met by local law enforcement and FBI agents who interviewed the passenger in question, authorities said.

The security scare appeared to be a false alarm, and possibly a hoax, said Tom Simon, an FBI special agent in Honolulu, where the anonymous call was received.

"The passenger did not do anything wrong on the flight. It was a totally benign, normal, trans-Pacific flight," he said.


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