American Airlines flight 535 in the 'penalty box' area at Miami International Airport.

American Airlines flight 535 in the 'penalty box' area at Miami International Airport.

When you are flying in an airliner, you don’t really want to look out and see some military jets escorting your flight.

American Airlines Flight 535’s pilot from San Juan accidentally turned his transponder to a frequency that let’s traffic controllers know the flight is being hijacked.

The flight got a nice escort to Miami where it was met by Fire and Police. The plane was held at a holding point and inspected before being released.

Even though this was probably quite scary and kind of annoying for those involved, it is nice to see that there was a quick and mighty reaction — in case next time it is was not an accident.

Source: Miami Herald via AirlineBizBlog Image: CBS4

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axmadrigal

That would be scary! I think I would start questioning the people around me and think of a survival strategy!

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