DENVER, COLORADO - Two people “making out” in a restroom on a Frontier flight from Denver to Detroit caused authorities to scramble fighter jets, bomb squads and alert FBI and police on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ABC News reported.
On Sunday afternoon, the Transportation Security Administration was notified of “passengers allegedly behaving suspiciously onboard Frontier Airlines Flight 623,” Denver FBI spokesman Dave Joly said in a statement.
“Out of an abundance of caution,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled F-16 at 3:30 p.m. EDT to shadow the flight until it landed safely at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Joly said.
Law enforcement met the flight, which was brought to a remote area of the airport, Joly said. The plane was swept, nothing hazardous was found and the aircraft was cleared at 5:15 p.m.
The “suspicious behavior” turned out to be two people “making out” in the bathroom mid-flight, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
Three passengers were taken into custody for questioning, Frontier Airlines spokesman Peter Kowalchuck said in a statement, but no arrests were made.
In another incident Sunday, a pair of fighter jets were scrambled to escort an American Airlines jet into New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport after the pilot became spooked by passengers’ frequent trips to and from the restroom, ABC News reported.
The precaution turned out to be unnecessary as federal air marshals aboard American Flight 34 from Los Angeles to JFK were able to resolve the situation when the passengers complied with their instructions, police officials told ABC. The pilot then radioed that the situation was under control and the plane landed safely. Three male passengers were questioned upon arrival, but no charges were filed against them, authorities said.