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Air France

has canceled six Los Angeles-bound flights from Paris due to security concerns, according to published reports.

The flights were canceled at the request of the U.S. embassy in Paris,

Reuters

reported.

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"These flights have been canceled for security reasons. It comes out of a disposition given by American authorities in France," said Anna Laban, a spokeswoman at the French consulate in Los Angeles,

The New York Times

reported.

Just more than two years ago, "shoe bomber" Richard Reid was subdued by passengers and crew on an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami as he tried to ignite explosives in his shoe.

The U.S. is on a heightened "orange" terrorism alert level, and one of the reasons for that concern was that al Qaeda would try to infiltrate flight crews of foreign airlines.

The Department of Homeland Security raised the terror alert to the second highest level Sunday. The government has warned that according to chatter picked up by intelligence operations, future attacks could surpass the severity of those of Sept. 11, 2001.