Two F-16 fighter jets were dispatched by the North American Aerospace Defense Command to intercept a civilian aircraft near Washington, D.C., NORAD said Wednesday.
The incident happened about 12:15 p.m. ET after the aircraft failed to establish radio contact, the agency said in a press release.
â€śThe civilian aircraft re-established communications and was allowed to continue on its way without incident,â€ť NORAD said.
Out of an abundance of caution, officials are being vigilant about security concerns around the holidays.
After the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 in September, two fighter jets were scrambled after reports of air passengers acting suspiciously on two flights. Although no problems occurred, authorities sent F-16s to shadow the flights just in case.