By JOHN MARZULLI and BILL HUTCHINSON
Daily News Staff Writers
randy, drug-fueled romp in a New York-bound jet's rest room sparked a midair terror scare that sent a pair of F-16 fighter jets scrambling, authorities revealed yesterday.
But the red alert aboard American Airlines Flight 101 from London on Friday gave way to red faces when authorities discovered all the fuss was over two amorous British men.
Police said the passengers, whose names were not released, admitted smoking crack cocaine and having sex in the cramped rest room.
The miles-high ordeal began about 8:15 a.m. Friday on the London-to-New York flight, said an American Airlines spokeswoman.
Flight attendants complained to the pilot that the two men were acting suspiciously, making four or five trips to the rest room together.
"A captain had requested that the local authorities meet the two passengers at the gate at Kennedy," said airline spokeswoman Sonja Whitemon.
Air Force Listens In
Air Force officials overheard the captain's radio dispatch to American Airlines operations and sent two F-16s to intercept the jetliner over the Atlantic Ocean, said Federal Aviation Administration officials.
Whitemon insisted the airplane's crew did not ask for the military escort.
"The captain requested that that not happen because he didn't believe the situation was that serious, but it happened anyway," Whitemon said.
The two passengers were asleep when the plane touched down at JFK and were escorted off by Port Authority, Customs and FAA agents.
No drugs were found on the men, who were not charged with any crimes. Immigration officials denied them entry into the country because they admitted smoking crack in the rest room, law enforcement officials said.
The men were put back on a plane bound for London later Friday, officials said.
Original Publication Date: 2/13/02
Wingman From Spain, joined May 1999, 2014 posts, RR: 5 Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3489 times:
I guess British Crack Squads caught smoking crack in the lav while inspecting eachother's cracks was not all it was cracked up to be for Immigration. Please keep your fondness for crack in the sack and out of the lav, especially at FLL 370.
Wingman From Spain, joined May 1999, 2014 posts, RR: 5 Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3116 times:
More Room Throughout Crack only on American Assair. Sorry guys, some of my bent colleagues here in SFO are just loving this story. Maybe these two were Crack Agents from the International Clandestine Anal Organization. Aaaaaaaah, I'm peeing myself. Nothing like really bad gay humor to get you through the day.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5540 posts, RR: 11 Reply 23, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2960 times:
yes, I'd say the real question (I'll leave the gay jokes alone... and laugh to myself quietly) is why didn't Heathrow catch the crack? No pun intended... oh, crap, I just made a gay joke. Crap? Oh, no, this is getting worse and worse...
But really, don't they have drug- sniffing dogs? I know my dog sniffs our crack all the time. Oh wait, I think all dogs sniff crack, I meant the DRUG crack... don't they.... oh good greif, nevermind.