Join Date: Feb 2002
Terror fears ground France-US flights
Have your say on the News Messageboard
Terror fears ground France-US flights Dec 24 2003
Three Paris-Los Angeles commercial flights have been cancelled due to security concerns.
The US Embassy in Paris asked the French government to cancel the Air France flights "for security reasons", a French Interior Ministry spokesman said.
Two of the flights were scheduled to leave Paris on Wednesday and one was scheduled to depart Thursday evening.
"These flights have been cancelled for security reasons. It comes out of a disposition given by American authorities in France," said Anna Laban, deputy press attachГ© at the French consulate in Los Angeles.
The US Department of Homeland Security had been meeting with officials from the French government in recent days over concerns about a possible terrorist attack, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration said.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has personally been involved in the briefings with the French officials, as well as officials from other nations, TSA spokesman Brian Doyle said.
Doyle refused to name other countries that had been contacted. "We're talking to our counterparts in other countries about security concerns," Doyle said.
Security at Los Angeles International Airport had already been tightened to its highest level in two years, with passengers prohibited from being dropped off or picked up directly outside.
Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn announced the new restrictions late on Tuesday, calling them "a precautionary measure during a period of heightened readiness."
Air France said it was working to arrange accommodations for stranded passengers.
My #1 in tennis
>> Tsvetana Pironkova <<