US Air flight lands after warning of unspecified threat; Update: Hoax
posted at 2:29 pm on August 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
These stories usually end as false alarms, but it may be worth keeping an eye on the story anyway. US Air Flight 723 was scheduled to land at Philadelphia International anyway, and it arrived a few minutes late. After a phone call from an unidentified male claimed that there was some kind of threat on board, airport security kept the plane on the tarmac:
A plane from Ireland is landing in Philadelphia after a threat, according to Philadelphia police.
Police are not sure at this point what they are dealing with, if anything. They said the threat, which is unsubstantiated, was called in by an unknown male. …
It will be taken to a remote area. All passengers will be taken off and screened. Luggage will be removed and screened as well. Bomb-sniffing dogs will go through the plane, which is standard procedure.
As I finished writing this, buses began moving passengers away from the plane to the screening area. If anything else breaks on this story, we’ll update the post.
Update: Their embed code isn’t working, but I’ll leave it in just in case it starts. You can click on the link and watch the video on the NBC site.
Update: AP has it as Flight 777 from Shannon rather than 723 from Dublin. They also report that the threat was a bomb, but …
U.S. customs officials have screening facilities at Shannon Airport and the passengers aboard the plane would have gone through them before boarding.
I flew in and out of Shannon in June 2001 and recall it as a modern airport with sophisticated security, even pre-9/11, but my memory of it is rather hazy.
Update: As these usually turn out to be …
A bomb threat that prompted officials to search a plane at Philadelphia International Airport on Wednesday was a hoax, officials said. …
Officials would not give any indication on who made the threat, whether it was a man, woman or child, but said the caller was being sought by both police and the FBI. Philadelphia FBI Special Agent Michael Messenger said whoever called in the threat could face “substantial charges.”
Well, let’s hope so, anyway.
Recently in the Green Room: