October 29th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

NORAD escorts aircraft to New York's JFK airport

Fighter jets escorted Emirates flight 201 to New York's JFK airport.

[Update 4:00 p.m.] Emirates Airline has issued a statement regarding the origin of the flight:

"Emirates Flight EK201, which has just landed at JFK, originated in Dubai not in Yemen, as reported in the US media. More information will follow as soon as we have it. Emirates is co-operating fully with the US authorities."

[Update 3:36 p.m.] Emirates flight 201 lands at New York's JFK airport escorted by fighter jets.

[Update 3:11 p.m.] NORAD is escorting a passenger flight from the United Arab Emirates to New York's JFK airport “out of an abundance of caution,” a NORAD spokesman said.

Two Canadian CF-18s began to track a civilian aircraft that was “determined to be an aircraft of interest” as it flew over Canadian airspace, spokesman John Cornelio said.

Two US F-15s then picked up the escort to JFK, which is ongoing.

A law enforcement source says that the flight being escorted is Emirates 201.  The flight originated in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday and is en route from Dubai to JFK, according to Emirates Airline.

The FBI and Port Authority Police are scheduled to meet the fight, FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko said.

"This is only because there is cargo from Yemen on the flight.  There is no known threat associated with this cargo or this flight,” he said.

soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. dolores mize

    Yes! Please combine CNN International anchors with US CNN anchors during the Newsroom EVERY day at least for an hour of each anchors' 2-hour shift. It would better balance US programming by bringing us more international stories - which I know many of your viewers want!! And I've been asking for it - with never, ever an email in return - ever since you removed Your World Today, which used to be on at noon, eastern time. You put on The Ballot Bowl, ostensibly for election coverage and never returned that ONE hour of International coverage!! Please let Hala Gorani, Michael Holmes, Zain Verjee and the other CNNi anchors join US anchors during the Newsroom every day! At the same time, please let them bring in more international content so CNN gets away from this ultra-politics focus + tabloid stories. When u broke into the mine rescue in Chile to show a debate in Delaware...I knew the priorities at CNN had changed far too much!

    October 29, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      CNN has priorities? Oops, I forgot. They do. To make tons and tons of advertising dollars.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. X

      turn it around and send it back. or better yet, bolw it up when it is over the ocean.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • LAVOZ

      The FBI and Port Authority Police are scheduled to meet the fight, FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko said.

      can someone correct this lol copy paste to meet the fight lol

      October 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cue

      There's a reason even some of us Americans still watch BBC World News on Public Broadcasting... No partisianship....

      October 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike P

      ?? do what ?? why escourt the plane to JFK, when you already had FBI and Bomb squad at Newark/Phillip airports. And since it was still in the air, why didn't US order plane out of US Airspace and divert to Cananda or someother location not within the US, I don't understand

      October 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walter

      What can Brown do for you? Can't wait to see that white-board guy draw the CF-18s and F-15s – should be really cool.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • apple

      In response to Mike P – Why divert the plane to another country like canada? The plane was heading to the US – why are u soo quick to belittle other countries for the US – So there are no human beings and emotions in these other country – Once again – u have not represented Americans well by showing how uninformed you are ! My God!

      October 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • TryLogic

      Lol Mike, this is a great example of American ego. "Just send it to Canada." I'm Canadian – you expect that we're up here saying "yeah sure, just send us all of your dangerous planes so they can explode here."

      The plane was escorted out of our airspace, clearly we're not going to willingly escort it back in.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Private Sector

      No one cares about what's going on in a mine that's thousands of miles away that was talked about 24 hours straight. The guys were fine. Sorry that US politics matter more to US citizens than a bunch of guys (WHO WERE FINE) trapped in a mine...that they got out of.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |


      October 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kramer

      Hey APPLE, why do you hate America so much? You should like it better than canada, not that I have anything against canada but I would put the US interests over those of weak Canandia. STOP BEING A CLOSE MINDED LIBERAL WHO HATES THE US!

      October 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada eh?

      Mike P, why not divert the plane to your driveway, why would Canada want Americas problem?

      October 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimraytown

      @cue: no partisanship...NO PARTISANSHIP... At least CNN shows a WHOLE debate, not just those parts which show the unfoxworthies in a discriminatory bad light.

      October 29, 2010 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cannon

      Mike P, why not divert the plane to your a$$?
      And learn to spell other countries' name. You amply show your ignorance.

      October 30, 2010 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Gilbert

    CNN,Derp said the N word-punish him.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. quesadilla

    spell check!

    October 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ybs

    Last night I had a weird dream – a regular passenger airplane chase another. Then they both looped back and were being chased by 2 fighters; and I think one was shot down!

    Not sure which state I was in but definitely in the U.S.!


    October 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • tapu

      And so... what?

      October 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      OK, well – the day's not over yet!!

      October 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • thunderkick

      That's so weird! I had a dream last night that two grizzlies were fighting over a piece of steak. Not sure what marinade the steak was in, but I think one grizzly left hungry!

      October 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fergiej

    Wow, Derp. Did you use both of your brain cells to come up with that? Man, that must have hurt.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. qconway

    So because the cargo is from Yemen we profile it? I think Agent Richard Kolko could have worded that way different.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gavin Skeen

      Yes, of course we profile it because its from yemen. Thats the smart thing to do if you believe there is any possible chance that there could be danger, and when your intelligence is telling you there could be a threat originating from Yemen. What harm is there in being cautious? I know, you would rather see something explode than God forbid insult some muslim guy.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tri state Knucklehead

      We should inspect everything out of Yemen

      October 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Go to Yemen and say that. Muslims should be happy we are trying to find the bad seeds amongst them.This is not a racial issue numbskull

      October 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave

      Go to Yemen and say that. Muslims should be happy we are trying to find the bad seeds amongst them.This is not a racial issue numb skull

      October 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • apple

      What does this have to do with being muslim -could it be that these are just fanatics which I might add are present in just about anything – There are the white supremacists, the KKKs who would burn crosses on ur front lawn, there were the catholics in the early christian church – who burned women at stake for suspected witchcrafts.
      There are fanatics everywhre!

      October 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |

    The US is getting better at stopping potental attacks. We are a damn good country that everyone wants to live in. We are the best for a darn good reason.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Bobaggins

      Best at what? Being overly paranoid? Shooting planes down? Spending trillions to protect ourselves from ghosts? I mean, if you really think we're the "best", then why do we rank 37th in health or 18th in education?

      October 29, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan D

      YES we r the best. We can rank 100th in education and 500th in health. We r ranked #1 in people wanting to live here over anywhere else, and that means you're doing something right!

      October 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • veteran

      @Billbobaggins, Would you tell us what planes you are talking about that have been shot down?

      October 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • veteran

      @bill bobaggins, It seems that you do not like our country at all. What ghost are we chasing? The ones that caused 9-11? If thats the way you feel about this great country of ours, I suggest that you purchase a ticket to the country you love. Perhaps Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemin. Just to mention a few.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • veteran

      Yves, Thank god you taught the girls how to do that.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabriel Dumont

      Sorry pal, but you're not the best. Canada beats you hands down. You've just got the biggest egos and the best propaganda machine.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill from SoCal

      @ veteran....I assume you are a veteran of some branch of our armed services. For your service, I truly thank you. However, if you feel Bill Bobaggins (we are not the same user) does not have the right to express what he feels is wrong with this country, then what did you fight for? I'm not sure what your politics are, but from where I'm sitting, it seems like whenever conservatives outline what is wrong with this country, its a call to arms and reason to start a revolution. Whenever liberals do, conservatives say they hate America. Do you realize how absurd that is? We have a lot of problems in this country, and if you want to bury your head in the sand and pretend they don't exist and we are perfect, then, whether you realize it or not, you are doing far more harm to this country than good.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomtom

      Of course, always the same stupid comment "If you don't like it, leave". So that's how our democracy works??? If you don't agree...leave...very poor comment! The only people wanting to live here are from other more poor and underdeveloped countries, not many from other industrialized nations. Get your head out of you butt and watch something else than you local news channel, the times where "everybody" wants to live here are long time over>

      October 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • the best

      Gabriel, He is talking about real countries. Not wanna be's.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill from SoCal

      @ Gabriel Dumont...Having actually lived in both Canada and the US, I can assure you that the US is the better country. The biggest problem with Canada is the political apathy on the part of the people. Canadians seem far more involved in US politics than their own. Canadian politicians seize on this apathy and pass massive tax increases (like the GST) that people don't like but don't protest. They make heavy cuts from necessary programs like health care and education, and people complain but they don't protest. The only thing Canada has going for it is that they've taxed their citizens to death enough to not be in a massive fiscal hole like the US, but at what cost? It's almost impossible for anyone making less than $ 75,000 a year to buy a home in most major Canadian cities/suburbs. It's far more difficult to start a successful small business in Canada. The health care system in Canada is equivalent to a second-rate HMO in the U.S. And for all of this, you pay about 40-50% of your income.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fricsaid

      You're right, this country is awesome. But we sure can't thank our goverment for it.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill from SoCal

      @ tomtom: So very true! It's funny how when liberals point out what they perceive as problems in our country, that conservatives tell them to leave. But when conservatives have problems with the country, they feel its justification for a revolt of some sort. I wish the conservatives would take their own advice and kick all the teabaggers out being that they have so many problems with this country!

      October 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arlee

      Let's clear this up America is a good country for a good reason. Best, might be a little stretch unless your from a baltic country and you say that, then it has some credibility.

      October 29, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. biff

    If nothing happens, the Democrats will be accused of orchestrating a fraud before Election Day to make themselves look like they are successfully protecting the country. If something explodes, the Democrats will be accused of failing to protect the country.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      And the republicans will just be accused of shouting no...

      October 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tris

      No, if it blows up the dems will blame the republicans for it. Just like they always blame the republicans for their mistakes and screw ups.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • jj

      Welcome to post 9/11 America, every one blames someone else and nobody works together to fix the problem. If the republicans get control I bet in two years when its election time everything is going to be the republicans fault its going to be like this until they start to work together.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      No Everyone will just blame George Bush.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      It's all Bush's fault.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • lbb

      And if security stood by and did nothing and there was actually something to it; we would never hear the end of it. I would rather them be too cautious than not cautious enough and have another terror attack in the U.S.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimraytown

      @Biff... How, how. @wzrd1...no need to accuse the self-obvious.

      October 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jerry

    Ah yes our authorities freaking out over what is probably nothing.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jj

      Better safe than sorry.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimraytown

      @JJ: No, Better safe than Bush. Lest we forget. Bush ignored NSA security briefings on AQ after becoming prez but prior to 911. Then became the great protector of America AFTER the twins collapsed. I'd rather nip it in the bud than have it nip me in the A$$.

      October 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zoey

    Jeesh. The "Muslims are at it again" is an ignorant statement., Millions of Muslims do not approve of the actions taken by Al Queda. It's Al Queda's terrorists that are responsible for the violence, killing, and intimidation. (BTW, I am not Muslim but as a Christian, I'm often embarrassed by some of my own people's behavior. Or ignorance.)

    October 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • AL

      I am a Muslim and I agree with you. Ditto from my end

      October 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      Zoey, I'm a Christian too. I was deployed for nearly 5 years in the Persian Gulf and lived off post.
      I'm in complete agreement with you.
      AL, all I can say is, you're more than welcome as a guest at my table any time. I'll be sure it's halal for you.
      Until then, I'll have to return to my search for some decent shwarma near by...

      October 29, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gilbert

    CNN punished Derp. They took off his post.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Will

    Religion of peace lol.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I know, right? Christianity and all the other organized religions sure are a joke, huh?

      October 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AL

    Stop generalizing over 1 Bilion people. I am a muslim and the problem here is uneducated – Misguided few making problems for everone and before some jack*SS starts quoting the Quran to me about how this is justified...know that you are supposed to read it with the Hadith (what was happening at the time the versus were sent down). So sorry problem causers Stupid Muslims and Dumb *SS Christians. Peace and Justice will over come!!!!

    October 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |


      October 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • milky way2241

      you know i dont have a problem with muslims, iraqis, and all of them other foriegn countries coming to america but what i hate is that they try to blow us up. The hispanics hate us cause we have a fence between mexico and the us but u dont see them taking our airplanes and crashing them into towers they come over here and some dont. so hey like I said before i dont have a problem with muslims coming here but when they start flying planes into buildings blowing up subway tunnels, and sending packages to random people in the world then yea i hate them but otherwise i like you guys.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ratkartz

      The versus were sent down? We are a Religion of Spelling.

      October 29, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew7:1

      Easy there, if you are so dedicated to what you believe, do not stoop to their level. What does the Quaran say about love and judgement? I don't know, but I know the one true God says to love everyone and judgement should be left to Him. I'm so sorry you feel this way, it must be hard to carry all that hatred inside. I hope you find true peace and realize you do not need to defend yourself or your beliefs..."one day, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess..." and you my sister/brother will hate no more or feel as if you have to defend yourself.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Please correct me if I'm wrong, but toward the very beginning of the Quran does it not say that Christians and Jews are the brothers of Muslims and of the same god and that they will go to heaven too? – An Athiest

      October 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sehrish

      I agree!!! Im muslim too..and i always say that the level of education is what is destroying everything..My dad is apart of pakistani american association and him and his partners are always educating the muslim community about speaking up and what not...I just think that some educated Muslims dont care enough to help....And evil is winning!! Every muslim against this ...needs to stand up!!!

      October 29, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • YellowLawnChair

      This is to milky way2241 funny how most of the 9-11 terrorists were from Saudi not from Iraq or Afganistan (we can't even go to war with the right country). Funny How top brass had dinner with Able Danger #2 terrorist at Pentagon days after 9-11 and no one questions it.

      About Mexicans crossin the border and not doing anything wrong – Do you even pay attention to current events or is it just selective news coverage you are concerned with? For several month the Mex Drug Cartels have been killing Americans left and right cross boarder. Arizona has 3 counties with serios problems from these invasions. Even a national Park is under the control of this cartel right now and what are we doing to stop that? Nothing..

      Too Everyone- GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE TV AND RESEARCH. There are bills being passed left and right that are not being covered even by CSPAN that are taking away your rights everyday. I know you people think this is all BS because nothing is effecting you right now – The jews thought everything was fine too.......

      The tv is full of lies and thats all it is lies. Quit believing everything you hear

      October 30, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |


    October 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Muslims everywhere

    Mohammed needs his own air service. No landing gear, they don't even need it; they just use the front of the aircraft to land where they want to go.

    October 29, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
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