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Officials investigating threat against American Airlines flight

By Ed O'Keefe

UPDATE 5:24 p.m. ET:

The Associated Press reports that a young man and young woman seated at the back of the plane were handcuffed and taken off the plane. The FBI confirms that at least two people were being questioned in the incident.


Federal officials are investigating a telephone threat made earlier today against an American Airlines flight at San Francisco International Airport bound for New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

American Airlines Flight 24 was scheduled to leave San Francisco at 7:30 a.m. PT, but has since been canceled, according to the airline's Web site. The jet, a Boeing 767-300, has been moved to a remote part of the airport out of an abundance of caution, according to a TSA spokesman.

Passengers will be deplaned, interviewed and rescreened, TSA said. Local law enforcement will sweep the plane for potential threats.

By Ed O'Keefe  | August 19, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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Why d those idiot terrorists threaten airlines when there are a zillion easy unguarded targets right there in the continental USA just waiting to be attacked?

The Americans can thank their lucky stars that Islamic terrorists are really really stupid and mostly get caught before they can carry out their threats.

But the Islamic terrorists have actually achieved one of their aims - to terrorise the Americans into the massive inconvenience of homeland security and the measures taken to secure airports and aircraft, with scanners, searches, delays and all the rest of it.

In fact, the Islamic terrorists have won quite a victory against the USA so far and I imagine that when they start targeting infrastructure such as nuclear power stations, bridges, subways, rail tunnels, reservoirs and office buildings, then the problems of aircraft security will pale into insignificance.

There's only one way for the Americans to deal with this - recognise that Islam is a death cult masquerading under the guise of religion. British journalist Pat Condell made the truest statement about Islam:

"Without the shield of religion to hide behind, Islam would be banned in the civilised world as a political ideology of hate and we have no obligation to make allowances for it, any more than we do for Nazism."

There is only one way for the USA to deal with terrorism - ban Islam completely. Raze every mosque to the ground, ban the Koran as a filthy doctrine that encourages followers to kill non-Muslims and ban the practice of this death cult.

Religious freedoms don't count with this cancer because Islam is not a religion and should be treated like Nazism. If the USA does not do something about this, it will suffer the consequences and it is already suffering some of them now. It will get worse, much worse.

Posted by: ziggyzap | August 19, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

ziggyzap, why do you assume that when you read about a threat to an airliner the threat must come from Islamic terrorists?

Nowhere in the report were Islamic terrorists mentioned.

There are many other terrorist groups that have beefs against the USA too. Could have been narco-terrorists for all we know.

Posted by: dfyriart | August 19, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The heck with the who done it, quite possibly it was a nut job or a narcissistic "X" of one of the passengers or crew. My issue is how did it take five hours for the authorities to figure it out and get those people off the dang plane? Either there is a hijacking or not, the pilot is in control of the plane or not. If there is no apparent disturbance on board, you bring out the guys with the guns, unload the passengers away from the terminals on the tarmac in small groups onto busses, seperate them and interview them. But why in the heck does it take 5 hours BEFORE they deplane the people. More like the government and airline are the hijackers! I am far more surprised there are not more revolts onboard these planes when the aircraft sits for hours, usually with no service, no air conditioning and no bathroom breaks…

Posted by: BillyBobJumpBack | August 19, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

THE CALL WAS FAKE....not should follow-up correctly on your reports.....and ziggy-zap.....SEPT 11th didnt just kill Chirstians and JEWS....every ethnic and religious background was affected that day and get off your high horse.....and stop being so ignorant.

Posted by: malihaashraf | August 19, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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