Two passenger planes escorted by F-16 fighter jets landed at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Saturday after bomb threats made on Twitter, military officials told CNN. A single user had threatened both Delta and Southwest Airlines.
The FBI later confirmed with local media in Atlanta that the planes have been given the “all clear,” after being checked for bombs. FBI spokesman told the Associated Press that no suspicious cargo was found. Additional plans have been put in place to sweep online feeds and WiFi networks of the planes in question to track down the source of the threats. Passengers on both flights will be interviewed and searched before given clearance to leave the airport.
The two planes, Southwest Airlines Flight 2492 and Delta Flight 1156, were searched by bomb and canine units after landing at the international airport. A Delta spokesman told CNN, “Delta is supporting the sweeping process carried out by authorities.” Southwest confirmed: “Due a security situation, the aircraft operating Flight 2492 was taken to a remote area of the airport where passengers and the aircraft are being rescreened. Our number one priority is the safety of our customers and people.”
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Written by: Team Flight-Delayed.co.uk