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Aug 19, 2010 4:05 PM by Melissa Canone

Airplane Phone Attack

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Federal officials said Thursday a jetliner
was being held on the tarmac at San Francisco's airport because of
an alleged phone threat.
Officials stopped American Airlines Flight 24, bound for New
York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, before its scheduled
takeoff at 7:30 a.m., the Transportation Security Administration
said.
The TSA said passengers were being taken off the plane on at
least five buses to be interviewed and re-screened.
American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said the threat was phoned
into local police. He said there were no hostages, but the TSA has
moved the plane to a remote tarmac.
There were 163 passengers and 11 crew members aboard the Boeing
767, Smith said. No injuries were reported.
Federal Aviation Administration officials referred questions to
TSA.

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