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Fighter escorts worry some

Pilots and air-traffic-control officials are expressing concern that U.S. fighter jets being deployed to escort some passenger flights could be creating unnecessary risks to commercial aviation. Military fighters have shadowed at least a dozen commercial flights since U.S. officials raised the nation’s terror alert level on Dec. 21, two sources who track the operations said. Typically, fighters are used to keep an eye on flights that, for a range of reasons, have been deemed suspicious by U.S. counterterrorism and intelligence officials. In some situations, flights have been followed because intercepted communications from suspected al-Qaeda terrorists suggested attacks on certain flight numbers; in other cases, authorities have tracked passengers aboard certain flights. Full Story

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