Air France flight escorted to JFK airport after anonymous threat

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Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW YORK (KABC) -- Air France Flight 22, from Charles De Gaulle Airport, was escorted by fighter jets to JFK airport in New York City after an anonymous threat was made against the flight. Law enforcement officials told ABC News that it was just one of several threats made to multiple airplanes bound for different U.S. airports.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a "chemical weapons threat" aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris and was expected to land at JFK later Monday morning.

U.S. authorities scrambled fighter jets because Air France did not immediately respond to U.S. government requests for information.

The FBI said the plane has since been checked and cleared with "no incidents or hazards reported on board the flight by either the passengers or its crew."

The threat was not believed to be credible.

A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight also was checked out because of another threat, authorities said.

A third threat was made against an American Airlines jet flying from Birmingham, England, to JFK while it was still in the air, said airline spokesman Kent Powell. Authorities initially told the pilot to land and taxi to a remote area away from the terminal but later radioed that the threat was not credible and cleared the plane to go to the terminal, Powell said.

ABC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.