Flights escorted to Atlanta airport amid bomb threats

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bomb squads sweep Atlanta airport, fighter jets scrambled after threats on Twitter.

Saturday heralding an escort by F-16 jets out of McEntire Joint National Guard Base. “I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport.

Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, was partly shut down Saturday after Delta flight 1156 and Southwest flight 2492 landed there safely, and bomb squads with canine units were sent to search the planes for explosives. NORAD Media Relations Specialist, Preston Schlachter, confirmed to local NBC-affiliated channel WXIA-TV that two F-16 jets had been launched from the McIntire Air Force Base in South Carolina as a “precautionary measure” and escorted the planes. NORAD’s jets were called into action to escort both domestic flights to safety shortly after the tweets were made, NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter told the Daily News. An airport spokesman was quoted as saying “we believe the threats to be credible.” It was later revealed that the threats in question were made via Twitter. The user known as @KingZortic on Twitter claimed the bomb was allegedly smuggled aboard Delta’s flight due to poor security at the back of the plane and with the help of an airport employee.

Southwest Airlines officials declined to elaborate on the “security situation,” but wrote that its flight was being searched at a remote part of Atlanta’s airport. Both flights landed safely with Delta’s Boeing 737 arriving at about 1:30 p.m. and Southwest’s flight arriving at about 2 p.m., flight tracking data shows. Southwest Airlines released a statement saying: “Due a security situation, the aircraft operating Flight 2492 was taken to a remote area of the airport where Customers and the aircraft are being rescreened.

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