US airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

No bombs found after ‘credible’ threats prompt partial closure of Atlanta airport.

Bomb threats made on social media caused two planes to be escorted by NORAD fighter jets to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and searched by police and a bomb squad. “The FBI confirmed that the threats were made via Twitter.

Normal operations have resumed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after investigators did not find bombs on two commercial aircrafts that were forced to land Saturday following “credible” threats. “The all clear has been given and no devices were discovered on board either aircraft,” Reese McCranie, the airport’s director of communications confirmed to Mashable. 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. Investigators had searched the two planes, belonging to Delta and Southwest Airlines (flight 1156 and flight 2492, respectively), an FBI spokesman told The New York Times. “Due a security situation, upon safely landing as scheduled in Atlanta, the aircraft operating 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,” a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told Mashable in a statement, declining to comment further. “Our top priority is the Safety of our Customers and Employees. 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.

Everyone will know when it’s detonated.’” The passengers deplaned from their flights and had their carry-on bags searched by bomb-sniffing dogs. The flight number referenced in the thread matches the number of the Delta plane that landed in Atlanta. “A bomb was placed on SWA2492,” reads a Zortic tweet directed at Southwest Airlines. “It will be detonated at a random time of my choosing,” and “If anything happens to me I’ll make sure that more flights are targeted.

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