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. Mr.rogers

    Well, looking at the picture of the so called device. I can say this. If it is in deed a working cell phone detonation device. The plane would need to be on the ground where cell phone towers could transmit a signal. If this is indeed a real device, and not a dummy. Good going intell, guys! Good going!
    But if this is not the real deal as I suspect, cause of pic's being all over the tv and internet in less than 12 hours. We do have a serious problem somewhere going on, that the U.S. is waiting on. NORAD does not scramble fighter jets to escort a commercial plane just for caution. Their is a severe threat pending and all Government's seem to be aware of just what kind it is. And how its gonna work im sure. Makes me worry about what kinda material may be comming in and what its gonna cause.

    October 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gilbert

    I hate to say it, but I think Private Sector is right.

    October 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ybs

    I want a complete report at my desk by midnight. No IFs or BUTs!

    October 29, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I'm here

    To all you clowns out there saying the country is so paranoid. They FOUND explosives in two cargo planes and there may be up to 15 more out there. Duhhhh

    October 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TV-Guy

    Two things. 1. Why are we letting ANY plane that has been to a terrorist state like UAE or Yemen into the USA? 2. When is the US going to kill everyone of these pigs so well can live in peace w/o all this nonsense?

    October 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. singh

    In the U.S and Canada the only ethnic group that wears turbans are the SIKHS. A very accepting and open religion originating from Northern India (Punjab)

    October 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Haley Grant

    Why JFK? Send it to Republican country. Ops that is the other America that Palin is talking about. Can't wait how Republicans will spin this.

    October 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill Maher

    shut up, Jerry

    October 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. txkboy

    Can't believe we haven't killed that "self-proclaimed" American cleric yet. If we know he's in Yemen, where is the Delta Force and hit squads? Terrorist are fair game; not leaders of nations.

    October 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. STEVE D

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    October 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • r james geheran mcloughlin

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      October 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mollymo

    Full body searchs for all flights from Yemen! Fly naked. One carry on allowed, after contents have been dumped out and examined by man and canine. And NO CARGO from Yemen. Problem solved!

    October 29, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sgt slaughter

    Its always those damn muslims.....but those backwards camel jockeys will never win.... The U.S. Will wipe them out .... And send them to their virgins...LOL

    October 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 29, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 29, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
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