posted on Jan, 18 2013 @ 07:58 AM
Fighter escorts are standard operating procedure for a suprisingly large number of cases, and are budgetted for, so cost nothing extra. In fact
whenever a flight doesnt need a fighter escort, its a saving, as one was budgetted for.
A typical scenario is when a planes long-range radio has failed, and therefore fails to identify itself upon entering a countries airspace. Fighters
are always scrambled to investigate who it is, why they failed to make contact, and if its a threat.
Once the status of a failed radio has been established (usually short range radios still work), the fighters will follow it down acting as a relay
between control and the flight.
While I know this was not the case in this instance, it was still perfectly normal, and budgetted for. The only difference is, it got reported. Cases
like this usually don't.
Its no conspiracy, its just standard procedure, and has been since the birth of passenger flights.