Two Midland football stars feared they would be shot out of the sky when their flight to New York turned into a terror alert.
Lee Naylor and Joleon Lescott, who play for Wolverhampton Wanderers, were travelling to the US with their partners for a weekend shopping trip when their Virgin flight sent out a terrorist alert by mistake.
Air traffic controllers immediately alerted the Air Force and F16 fighters were scrambled to intercept the Boeing 747.
Naylor, a former England under 21 international, said he immediately feared the worst.
"Everyone knows what America's policy has been since the attack in 2001. They are worried about another act of terrorism so they are quite prepared to shoot down a plane to save lives on the ground.
"I remember thinking to myself 'this could be it'."
The plane was forced to change direction by air traffic controllers and the fighter jets escorted it to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The captain explained to the passengers that a terrorist alert had been triggered by mistake.
The plane spent two hours in Canada before flying on to New York.
Naylor said: "A SWAT team burst on to the plane kitted out in black clothing, carring automatic weapons. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry."