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Jet with unruly traveler escorted back to L.A.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Air Force jet fighters escorted an airliner back to the Los Angeles airport after a passenger allegedly uttered an anti-American threat during a confrontation with flight attendants.

The man became verbally abusive Thursday after he was caught smoking in the bathroom aboard Air Canada Flight 792 to Toronto, said airline spokeswoman Nicole Couture-Simard.

Authorities refused to describe the threat.

The confrontation was resolved without further incident, but the pilot chose to return the plane to Los Angeles International Airport as a precautionary measure, she said. Two F-16s escorted the plane back to the airport, and passengers were booked on the next flight.

The passenger was taken into custody by federal agents but was not immediately charged with a crime.