Authorities grounded a second airliner and ordered an Emirates flight to a New York City-area airport to return to Athens International Airport on Thursday due to security concerns, but after the planes and their passengers were inspected, police claimed nothing untoward was discovered.
According to public ERT television, the flighted recall was carried out at the request of American authorities.
The Associated Press questioned Greek police officials about the origins of the request, but they would not confirm it.
According to airport officials, Emirates aircraft EK209 from Athens to Newark Airport in New Jersey returned two hours after takeoff and landed safely.
According to military officials, two Greek air force F-16s escorted the aircraft back into Greek territory.
The second flight of Emirates, No. Before the flight, EK210 was stopped in Athens on its way to Dubai.
Police claimed that the examinations did not substantiate their information about a possibly suspicious passenger.
The airline, which has its headquarters in Dubai, apologized to passengers for the inconvenience and stated the delays were “due to security inspections required by the government.”