F-15s Intercept 2 Planes in Presidential Airspace

Small aircraft strayed into Obama's restricted zone
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2012 1:30 AM CDT
Updated Aug 7, 2012 4:12 AM CDT
F-15s Intercept 2 Planes in Presidential Airspace
President Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after attending two fundraisers in Connecticut last night.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Two F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept two small planes that strayed into restricted airspace as President Obama flew out of JFK airport after a campaign stop in Connecticut last night, reports AP. The first plane was intercepted over Long Island at 7pm and escorted to an airfield where local law enforcement was waiting, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command. The second plane was intercepted half an hour later over New Haven, and was allowed to continue to its destination. It's not clear whether the pilots will face charges. Earlier this year, a Cessna strayed into Obama's restricted airspace while hauling 40 pounds of pot. (More Air Force One stories.)

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