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F-16s escort commercial flights

January 4, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Since the recent terror alert change to Code Orange last month, federal agencies have launched the most drastic security measures since 9/11. F-16 fighters provided Combat Air Patrol escorts to several international flights arriving at major U.S. cities.

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Last week, British Airways Flight 223 from Heathrow to Washington's Dulles International Airport was escorted by U.S. F-16s to a remote edge of the Dulles tarmac, where the passengers were questioned and rescreened.

F-16 fighter jets have also shadowed some flights from Air France.