The minister who once planned to burn copies of the Quran to mark the 9/11 anniversary headed to New York aboard a Friday night flight.
The Rev. Terry Jones has said he wants to meet with the imam behind a proposed mosque and Islamic center to be built near ground zero.
Surrounded by a throng of police, Jones declined to comment to reporters who waited for him at LaGuardia Airport and followed him to a waiting cab.
"I'm talked out," he said.
K.A. Paul, a Christian evangelist who runs a ministry in Houston, said he bought the ticket for Jones to fly out of Orlando. Paul, an acquaintance of Jones, provided The Associated Press with a copy of the itinerary and flight confirmation number.
Paul said Jones was able to sneak out of his Gainesville church without the media noticing.
Earlier Friday, Jones' son, Luke, said that the Quran-burning won't take place Saturday but couldn't say whether there would be a future event.
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