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Bomb Threat Atlanta: 2 Flights Targets of Warnings Via Twitter

By    |   Monday, 26 Jan 2015 11:47 AM

Bomb threats against two flights inbound to Hartfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Saturday turned out to be bogus. Now authorities are trying to find out who made the threats on Twitter.

Delta Flight 1156 was flying from Portland to Atlanta while Southwest Flight 2492 was traveling from Milwaukee to Atlanta when the threats posted on Twitter were realized, authorities told WSB-TV.

WWL-TV reported that a suspect with the Twitter account "King Zortic" sent both airlines a warning, claiming a bomb was left on one of the flights but couldn't remember which one. In the Twitter conversation, according to WWL-TV, the poster alleged that he smuggled in the bombs through a back entrance at an airport with help from a friend and then bragged if he or she was caught, nothing would happen except having the Twitter account shut down.

FBI special agent Britt Johnson told WSB-TV that agents interviewed passengers from both airplanes after they landed safely at Hartfield-Jackson.

CNN reported that F-16 fighter jets were sent to escort the two planes to the airport. Some flights were delayed at the airport because one runway was temporary closed. Flights also were slowed as passengers from the Delta and Southwest flights completed their interviews and bomb-sniffing dogs searched their luggage.

The fighter jets came from the McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina and returned to the air base after the planes landed in Atlanta, noted CNN.

"Due a security situation, the aircraft operating Flight 2492 was taken to a remote area of the airport where customers and the aircraft are being rescreened," Southwest said in a statement. "Our number one priority is the safety of our customers and people. We cannot comment on the nature of the security situation."

Delta's public information officer Morgan Durrant told WSB-TV that its flight was taken to a taxiway where authorities swept the plane for security purposes.

Vanessa Roggia, an Atlanta passenger who was delayed because of the bomb threat on her way to New Orleans, told WWL-TV that passengers were kept in the dark about what was going on until some of them started finding out about the incident on the Internet.

"They didn't really say anything about it," said Roggia. "They were pretty mum about it for the whole thing. There was nothing on the TV, just people looking it up on their phones and word of mouth."

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