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Flights From Paris to U.S. Cancelled
MSNBC | December 24, 2003

Posted on 12/24/2003 10:41:16 AM PST by cyncooper

MSNBC just announced that three flights from Paris to the U.S. have been suddenly cancelled due to "security concerns". The first flight was scheduled to depart Paris heading for Los Angeles.

I could not find an article yet.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airfrance; erniealert; france; lax; nocheeseforyou; orangealert4; terrorism; threat; usembassy
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Hoping it's a false alarm.
1 posted on 12/24/2003 10:41:17 AM PST by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper
Oh, geez....
2 posted on 12/24/2003 10:42:45 AM PST by EllaMinnow (I miss Chancellor Palpatine. Heck, I even miss Illbay.)
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To: cyncooper
bttt
3 posted on 12/24/2003 10:42:48 AM PST by EggsAckley (......................... IT'S NOT MY FAULT ! ! ! ...................................)
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To: cyncooper
Hoping it's a false alarm

Hoping it's not and they caught the bad guys.

4 posted on 12/24/2003 10:42:52 AM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: cyncooper
France. It figures.
5 posted on 12/24/2003 10:43:35 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: cyncooper
Were the flights in the air? I'd be interested to see the passenger manifests. No doubt the FBI already has. Figures the flights would be from France, who I'm sure has already surrendered.
6 posted on 12/24/2003 10:44:13 AM PST by rintense
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To: cyncooper
Is this too serious a thread for French bashing?

(At this point, French bashing is too easy, and thus isn't good sport....)

7 posted on 12/24/2003 10:44:22 AM PST by Yossarian
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To: InterceptPoint
Hoping it's not and they caught the bad guys.

France?

8 posted on 12/24/2003 10:44:29 AM PST by Swanks
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To: cyncooper
Never trust a Frenchman.
9 posted on 12/24/2003 10:44:34 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: rintense
I'd be just as interested in checking out the flight crews....
10 posted on 12/24/2003 10:44:52 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: cyncooper
How can this happen? They banned headscarfs!
11 posted on 12/24/2003 10:45:06 AM PST by smith288 (Secret member of the VRWC elite forces)
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To: rintense
I am googling and looking for some type of written report on this. They did not say if they were airborne and turned around or if the flights were delayed before takeoff.

12 posted on 12/24/2003 10:45:16 AM PST by cyncooper ("The evil is in plain sight")
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To: cyncooper
The bad guys likely presumed (correctly) that the French passengers would have surrendered.
13 posted on 12/24/2003 10:45:44 AM PST by el_chupacabra (I'm glad you were born.)
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To: Yossarian
Hey! The French did not tell us about this in advance!
14 posted on 12/24/2003 10:46:26 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Yossarian
The French angle struck me, too. But if this turns out to have been a real plot that has been thwarted, and the French authorities helped to detect it, I guess we'll have to extend kudos.
15 posted on 12/24/2003 10:46:37 AM PST by cyncooper ("The evil is in plain sight")
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To: InterceptPoint
Praying that our people tracked down all the terrorists' flight numbers
16 posted on 12/24/2003 10:46:54 AM PST by jerseygirl
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To: cyncooper
Serves 'em right ...
17 posted on 12/24/2003 10:47:05 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Help Bring Colly-fornia Back ...)
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To: cyncooper
France..the home of the shoe-bomber, right? I hope they caught some people with evil intentions. That would make me feel a little better. I feel sorry for President Bush this year...he will not have a relaxing holiday with his family and he sure could use it. And then next year he will have to look forward to the RATS and the media saying he is totally to blame for 9-11. It's going to be a very tough year. My money is still on President Bush in November 04, though.
18 posted on 12/24/2003 10:47:08 AM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: mewzilla
Was waiting for the first knee-jerk anti-French comment! Deep thinkin', from people who poured good wine onto the sidewalk and called the land of Lafayette "the enemy".
19 posted on 12/24/2003 10:47:12 AM PST by aquaculture
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To: Brilliant
CNN now reporting on it.

Decision made by French gov per CNN infobabe.
20 posted on 12/24/2003 10:47:29 AM PST by cyncooper ("The evil is in plain sight")
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To: Thane_Banquo
More bright anti-France thoughts!
21 posted on 12/24/2003 10:47:56 AM PST by aquaculture
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To: InterceptPoint
I agree with you!
22 posted on 12/24/2003 10:47:59 AM PST by DaughterofEve (W)
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To: Thane_Banquo; All
It's really sad to see how much France has degenerated in just the last ten years - when I was in Normandy in 92, every little village had "Rue General Eisenhower" and/or "Rue General Patton". Everywhere I went, someone would buy me a glass of wine for being an American. The American Cemetery at St. James (IIRC) was so tidy as to make Arlington look shabby. They still remembered who had bailed them out two times running, and were still grateful. I'm afraid the last of that generation are the ones who died of heat stroke last summer, though.
23 posted on 12/24/2003 10:48:23 AM PST by nina0113
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To: smith288
"How can this happen? They banned headscarfs!"

LOL!

24 posted on 12/24/2003 10:48:25 AM PST by The G Man (Wesley Clark is just Howard Dean in combat boots)
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To: jerseygirl
Waiting for details, airline(s) time of departure/arrival, were the planes ready to go?
25 posted on 12/24/2003 10:48:26 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: el_chupacabra
And even more deep thoughts, by someone who certainly knows a lot about WWII!
26 posted on 12/24/2003 10:48:28 AM PST by aquaculture
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To: aquaculture
Richard Reid was on a flight out of Paris. Doesn't sound like they solved their security problems, does it?
27 posted on 12/24/2003 10:48:50 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: cyncooper
msnbc:

security concerns expressed by the French officials!

one of three was scheduled for LAX.
28 posted on 12/24/2003 10:48:56 AM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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To: aquaculture
ohhh. I guess you think the French are looking out for our interests?
29 posted on 12/24/2003 10:49:06 AM PST by jbstrick (War is not fought for peace. War is fought for victory.)
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To: Wait4Truth
No, the shoe-bomber was British. But let's say he was French!
30 posted on 12/24/2003 10:49:18 AM PST by aquaculture
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To: mewzilla
CNN: 3 flights to LA from Paris cancelled.
31 posted on 12/24/2003 10:49:22 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: cyncooper
Who did the cancellation and why should tell more.Could be the French were worried about Stingers here.
32 posted on 12/24/2003 10:49:25 AM PST by MEG33 (We Got Him!)
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To: cyncooper
Good .... let the frenchies stay home
33 posted on 12/24/2003 10:49:42 AM PST by Centurion2000 (Resolve to perform what you ought, perform without fail what you resolve.)
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To: aquaculture
Get a life and troll another thread
34 posted on 12/24/2003 10:50:16 AM PST by jbstrick (War is not fought for peace. War is fought for victory.)
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To: nina0113
I understand that the people in Normandy are still much more pro-America than the rest of the country.
35 posted on 12/24/2003 10:50:36 AM PST by Toskrin
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To: glock rocks
I wonder if the French concerns had anything to do with a request from the American Embassy...
36 posted on 12/24/2003 10:50:42 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: All
more likely the flights were empty due to cancellations due to mad cow outbreak....this disease is taken far more seriously on the continent...
37 posted on 12/24/2003 10:51:02 AM PST by Cage Rattler
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To: cyncooper
Hoping it's a false alarm

We many never know, considering a terrorist plan thrwarted just prior to execution results in... the status quo.

38 posted on 12/24/2003 10:51:04 AM PST by XHogPilot
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To: Wait4Truth
France..the home of the shoe-bomber, right?

Wrong. Richard Ried (spelling?) is a British citizen, no matter where the flight originated.

39 posted on 12/24/2003 10:51:08 AM PST by Yossarian
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To: aquaculture
Was waiting for the first knee-jerk anti-French comment! Deep thinkin', from people who poured good wine onto the sidewalk and called the land of Lafayette "the enemy".

Nothing knee-jerk about anti-French commentary. They're a good part of the reason that we had to go to Iraq in the first place.

And at least they didn't pour out good beer!

On the serious side, I do hope that they caught some of the culprits. I suspect that their motives had nothing to do with their admiration for the US though - they're simply covering their backside.

40 posted on 12/24/2003 10:51:12 AM PST by meyer
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To: aquaculture
The shoe bomber got on a plane in Paris. Remember...?
41 posted on 12/24/2003 10:51:19 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: cyncooper
France cancels US-bound flights over security
Wed 24 December, 2003 18:45

PARIS (Reuters) - France says that national carrier Air France has cancelled three U.S.-bound flights from Paris due to security concerns.

An Air France spokeswoman confirmed on Wednesday that a flight due to leave Paris at 1235 GMT for Los Angeles had been grounded "for security reasons".

An Interior Ministry spokesman said that two further flights to the United States had also been cancelled. It was not clear whether these flights were bound for Los Angeles or elsewhere.
42 posted on 12/24/2003 10:51:42 AM PST by snopercod (CAUTION: Do not operate heavy equipment while reading this post.)
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To: cyncooper
The report yesterday was flights on Air France or from Mexico where they had increased security, and an "international US airport". Now we know why.
43 posted on 12/24/2003 10:51:53 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: cyncooper
Stories yesterday and today from NBC News indicated that some of the intel being picked up contained some very specific data - even including Air France flights and flights from Mexico. This fits in with the concelled flights from Paris - in all likelihood Air France flights.

Michael

44 posted on 12/24/2003 10:52:25 AM PST by Wright is right! (Never get excited about ANYTHING by the way it looks from behind.)
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To: aquaculture
Well, he shoulda been French! :-)
45 posted on 12/24/2003 10:52:47 AM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: cyncooper
"Decision made by French gov per CNN infobabe."

They may be onto something.

Most people don't know that France routinely audiotapes all First Class cabins to/from US and France, to further French national corporate espionage (Boeing/Airbus competition)

Perhaps the French overheard a conversation about AQ plans.

46 posted on 12/24/2003 10:52:50 AM PST by japaneseghost
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To: aquaculture
Was waiting for the first knee-jerk anti-French comment! Deep thinkin', from people who poured good wine onto the sidewalk and called the land of Lafayette "the enemy".

Some people resent the French because they can't pronounce all them French words on the menu at fancy restaurants

The real problem is Muslims in France

47 posted on 12/24/2003 10:52:58 AM PST by WackyKat
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To: Wright is right!
So when Is Mexico going to cancel their flights?
48 posted on 12/24/2003 10:52:59 AM PST by smith288 (Secret member of the VRWC elite forces)
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To: mewzilla
An important detail is arrival time since al-Queda carefully times their attack. IE: If the flights were leaving now they would be on the east coast aroung 8:00 PM.
49 posted on 12/24/2003 10:53:10 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: mewzilla
I wonder if the French concerns had anything to do with a request from the American Embassy...

msnbc was saying that state and the white house had been in touch earlier today with the french govt concerning being more vigilant.

50 posted on 12/24/2003 10:53:20 AM PST by glock rocks (molon labe)
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