Maryland police among agencies fielding anonymous threats against airliners

Maryland state police receive anonymous threat against commercial flight.

Anonymous threats against commercial airliners — including one called to the Maryland State Police — prompted scrutiny Monday of four international flights at airports in New York and New Jersey.

Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible, and searches were done on three jets as a precaution.

Maryland police said they received an anonymous call at the McHenry barracks in the western part of the state threatening commercial aviation about 6:30 a.m. Monday and referred it to the FBI. They declined to comment further.

U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone made a phone threat, the FBI said. The flight was escorted to John F. Kennedy airport."There were no incidents or hazards reported on board the flight," the FBI said in a statement.

A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight arriving at Kennedy also checked out because of another threat, authorities said. A third threat was made against an American Airlines jet from England to Kennedy, said airline spokesman Kent Powell. The plane was allowed to go to the terminal.

And at Newark Liberty International Airport, passengers were removed from a United Airlines flight after it arrived from Madrid, said United spokeswoman Mary Clark. The plane was inspected a spot away from the terminal.

—Associated Press

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