Flight held at SFO due to threat

Police sweep plane for bombs, question passengers

If you or any of your friends are flying out of the area today, you may want to check before heading to the airport.

A plane is being held on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport because of a phone threat against an American Airlines flight,

according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The threat was made against American Airlines Flight No. 24, which was destined for John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, TSA

officials said. As a precaution, the TSA requested that the plane be moved to a remote location.

The flight was carrying 163 passengers and 11 crew members, American Airlines spokeswoman Mary Frances Fagan said.

Passengers are being escorted off the plane and will be interviewed and re-screened, and local authorities will sweep the plane itself, TSA officials said.

A woman who claims to be on the plane is sending Twitter messages about the situation. Her latest "tweet" said passengers were being taken off

the plane six at a time through the front exit and were bringing their bags with them.

San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Rodriguez confirmed to media at the airport that a threat had been made, but said he could not yet release more information.

Police plan to hold a media briefing at 1:30 p.m.

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