Planes cleared after “credible” bomb threats against 2 Atlanta flights

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

F-16 fighter jets escorted two passenger planes to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport following a bomb threat, officials said, reporting no significant delays at the site. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport spokesman Reese McCrainie told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at 3 p.m. that both flights — Delta 1156 and Southwest 2492 — had landed and were sitting on a taxiway waiting to be swept by the Atlanta police Bomb Squad. A Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) flight and another operated by Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) landed safely after airline officials received a “credible” bomb threat, Stephen Emmett, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta, said by e-mail. While authorities have not yet verified the threatening tweets, someone calling himself “King Zortic” first posted messages to Delta on Twitter that said, “I have a bomb on one of your planes, but I forgot which one when I left the airport.

It was something like DL156 or DL 1556 I forgot the order.” Another tweet read, “It was smuggled through one of the back entrances because the airport didn’t have much security around one of the entrances so the bomb is at the back of the plane. 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.

Everyone will know when it’s detonated.” Messages later were sent to Southwest Airlines from the same Twitter account read, “A bomb was placed on SWA2492. 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. Southwest Airlines Flight 2492 from Milwaukee “taxied under its own power to a remote area of the airport” where 86 customers and the aircraft are being rescreened, Southwest said in an e-mailed statement.

The passengers were taken off the Delta flight, arrived from Portland, Ore., first, and at 4:45 p.m., passengers were being taken off the Southwest plane, which arrived from Milwaukee, Wisc. Hartsfield is the world’s busiest passenger airport, averaging more than 250,000 passengers and 2,500 arrivals and departures a day, according to the airport’s website.

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