US airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats

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Defence jets scramble after Twitter bomb threats are made against two US flights.

The threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived from Milwaukee, and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon.Bomb threats made against two US airline flights via Twitter prompted air defence fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta early Sunday morning Australian time.ATLANTA (AP) — Law enforcement officials found no bombs on two planes at Atlanta’s main airport after authorities received what they considered credible threats, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said.

The planes landed safely at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, no bombs were found aboard either flight and the Atlanta airport has returned to normal operations, airport spokesman Reese McCranie said. 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. A bomb squad and K-9 dog team from the Atlanta Police Department were examining both aircraft at an out-of-the-way section of the airport, McCranie said. Atlanta’s WSB-TV News reported that the threats were made on Twitter, without citing a source, although some reporters published screenshots of Twitter user @kingZortic matching the description of the hoaxer. 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.

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. A US American Airlines flight at Los Angeles International in October was also grounded after a passenger noticed a Wi-Fi network called “Al Qaeda Free Terror Network” when attempting to get online. “The safety or both our passengers and customers is our first priority.

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