Jets Searched in Atlanta After Threats; No Bombs Found

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

FBI searches for suspect in Atlanta airport bomb threats.

The passenger planes were en-route to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta when the threats were made and two F-16 fighter jets were ordered to escort them to the airport, where they landed safely.

Atlanta: Bomb threats against two US airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defence fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman said.Fighter jets escorted two planes to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Saturday afternoon, where they were met by a bomb squad and federal agents. Special Agent Britt Johnson said: “When the threat came in through Twitter, something was suspicious enough about it to make that determination that caused someone to elevate it to the point that it caused the scramble of the fighter jets and the notifications that occurred,” ABC News reported. The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie.

FBI officials interviewed passengers before they were allowed to leave the airport and bomb disposal experts searched the plane and passengers’ luggage, but found nothing unusual according to officials. Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had been deemed credible, McCranie said. The jets were sent from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina at 1pm local time and escorted the passenger aircraft until they landed, they then returned to their base. Several media outlets reported that a Twitter user going by the name Zortic wrote of planting bombs on the two planes, stating in a message to a Delta Twitter account, “I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport.

We cannot comment on the nature of the security situation.” He did say that Delta Flight 1156 was taken to a taxiway at the airport to have officials sweep the plane for security. He said the plane was inbound to Atlanta from Portland and that Delta would rebook passengers who needed connections. “You could look out the window and see people with machine guns and all sorts of threatening things (and) bomb-sniffing dogs,” passenger Joe Larkin told Ferenandes. One was arriving at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York from San Francisco, and another was departing the New York airport for Tel Aviv.

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