USAF Fighter jets escort two passenger planes to Atlanta airport after bomb threat

24 January 2015 from the Associated Press.


This would scare the piss out of me.




Law enforcement officials stand beneath a Southwest Airlines airplane on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)


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 threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived at Atlanta from Milwaukee, and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon, said Reese McCranie, a spokesman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Both planes landed safely.

The passengers were taken off the aircraft, and police bomb and K-9 teams examined both planes, authorities said.
The threats were posted on the social media network Twitter, said Preston Schlachter, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command. After being alerted, military officials sent two F-16 fighter jets from a base in South Carolina to escort the commercial aircraft to Atlanta.
Upon landing, the Southwest Airlines flight taxied to a remote area where the passengers and the aircraft were re-screened, company officials said in a statement.


As far as I am concerned if the FBI finds the people who threatened the planes and they are convicted in open court and able to appeal and the appeal is turned down then they should be shot.
“Our top priority is the safety of our customers and employees,” Southwest officials said. “We cannot comment on the nature of the security situation.”


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