Last updated: 10:00 AM ET, Thu June 25 2015

Bomb Threat Shuts Down Warsaw Airport

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | June 25, 2015

Bomb Threat Shuts Down Warsaw Airport

Warsaw's Modlin Airport was briefly shut down Thursday morning after police received a phone call claiming there was an explosive device board a Ryanair jet.

Police searched the plane and found nothing; later, Polish police detained a 48-year old man after “an irresponsible prank.”

Original reports said the flight had to make an emergency landing in Warsaw, but Ryanair said the plane – bound for Oslo – was on the tarmac waiting to board when the hoax call came in.

Ryanair later issued the following statement:

“Warsaw Modlin Airport received an anonymous call that there was an explosive device on a Ryanair aircraft due to take from Modlin to Oslo at 08.40hrs local. The airport security authorities ordered an immediate inspection of the aircraft (which hadn’t yet been boarded) and closed the airport to inbound arrivals as a security precaution.

"Warsaw Modlin believes this is a hoax call and expect the security sweep to confirm this fact. They expect to release the aircraft and reopen the airport shortly. Ryanair sincerely apologizes to the customers of the outbound Oslo flight for any inconvenience caused by this hoax call.”

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