Jetliner grounded in San Francisco after threat

American Airlines Flight 24, bound for New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, top, sits on a runway at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

August 19, 2010 6:58:57 PM PDT
A hijack threat halted an American Airlines flight just before takeoff Thursday, leaving the New York-bound jet sitting on the tarmac for several hours while it was searched and passengers were removed for extra scrutiny.

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