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The FBI is investigating threats to up to 10 international flights after a man claimed chemical weapons were aboard the jets, according to multiple media reports.
NBC News is reporting that authorities do not think the anonymous threats are credible, but they are still investigating. It adds that the male caller threatened at least 10 flights and that authorities have so far cleared all but three of the planes.
Military jets scrambled on Memorial Day to escort an Air France flight as a precaution. The two F-15 fighters brought the plane to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), where authorities searched the plane and found no evidence of chemical weapons.
The FBI told news outlets, "no incidents or hazards reported on board the flight by either the passengers or its crew."
Those threats also extended to two flights to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, one from London and one from Madrid, as well as a flight to Boston's Logan Airport that originated in Paris and others to JFK in New York, according to ABC News.