Striking terror or just building up the resistance to all things Muslim? via U.S. airline flights land in Atlanta after bomb threats.
(Reuters) – Bomb threats against two U.S. airline flights on Saturday prompted North American air defense fighter planes to scramble to accompany them to their destination in Atlanta, an airport spokesman 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, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie.
Threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, had been deemed credible, McCranie said.
Atlanta’s WSB-TV News reported that the threats were made on Twitter Inc, without citing a source.
Neither the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is leading the investigation, nor the airport confirmed the source of the threats.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command scrambled fighter jets from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina, said NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter. A pair of fighter jets accompanied each of the aircraft as it landed, he said.
Southwest said in a statement that 86 passengers were aboard its flight, and that they were being rescreened.
A Delta spokesman said by email that its plane had a capacity for 180 passengers, but did not specify how many were aboard.
The incident comes five days after bomb threats were made against two other Delta flights. 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.
Three more incidents on Sunday, ‘Security concerns’ on two flights landing at Sea-Tac:
JetBlue on Sunday confirmed a security concern with a flight that arrived at Sea-Tac Airport.
Sea-Tac said they were investigating a security concern with Jet-Blue flight 1006 “out of an abundance of caution.” The flight landed safely from Long Beach.
One passenger sent KING 5 a picture saying the captain announced on the plane that there was a threat specific to that flight. She said at one point police had surrounded the plane.
One-hundred-fifty passengers were being transported to the terminal by bus.
Sea-Tac officials said police would continue to investigate.
There was a separate threat against a Delta flight that landed in Seattle after a flight from Phoenix.
Northwest Cable News executive producer Jenna Luthman was on aboard Delta flight 4741. She said the pilot told passengers there had been a threat against the plane.
“He said in his whole pilot career he’s never experienced anything like this before, and he said that three planes all had separate bomb threats coming in to Seattle, and it was a JetBlue flight and another one ahead of us and our flight as well, and he said there might have been a fourth,” she said.
Also, a Delta flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas.
Many of these threats originated from Muslims using Twitter. No arrests have been made.
Jihad Watch notes on the Orlando flight:
This could have been a genuine Islamic State threat, or just someone who thought it would be cool to imitate what appears to be the strong horse. In any case, the objective is to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Qur’an 8:60).
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