FBI says hijack threat at JFK was a hoax

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo, planes taxi on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A man on a personal watercraft who became stranded in a bay easily breached Kennedy International Airport’s security system, on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, by walking undetected across two runways and into a terminal. Daniel Casillo, 31, swam to a Jamaica Bay shore and then walked past motion sensors and closed-circuit cameras of the airport’s state-of-the-art Perimeter Intrusion Detection System. The $100 million system, manufactured by defense contractor Raytheon Co., is meant to safeguard against terrorists. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

JAMAICA — Authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport said a false bomb threat called in on three planes Monday was a hoax.

Two American Airlines planes and one Finnair plane were held and searched around 3 p.m. as FBI agents and Port Authority police searched the planes in response to an anonymous call of hijackers on the planes.

According to the Breaking News Network, one of the American Airlines flights had four air marshals on board and nothing had happened on board.

Similar threats were called in at other airports, according to BNN.

The planes were cleared and the threat declared a hoax.

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