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(NEW YORK) — An Air France plane was escorted to JFK airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to New York City.

The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a state holiday in France.

As a result, two American fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the New York-bound flight as it flew towards the airport from Paris.

The tip was called in at 6:45 a.m. on an untraceable line and the caller did not identify himself, a senior federal official told ABC News. The two F16 planes were scrambled and followed the plane but they flew in a way so that the passengers and crew would not be able to see the military planes.

The caller said that four flights had devices on board but only specified the JFK-bound Air France flight.

The Airbus A-330 has since landed and was taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated.

A police dispatch that was sent out after the jets were scrambled noted that the area where the plane was taken is generally known as the “hijack site” because it is the area used in such scenarios.

During an initial investigation, nothing dangerous has been found on board, the federal official told ABC News.

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