Flights in Houston, Los Angeles Receive Bomb Threats Tuesday
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On Tuesday, two flights in the United States received bomb threats—one in Los Angeles and one in Houston—causing passengers to be evacuated from both planes and rescreened by security officers.
Both threats were eventually deemed non-credible, and no explosive devices were discovered.
In a report from Reuters.com, Delta Air Lines Flight 227 was preparing for a flight from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to Atlanta when officials received a bomb threat against the plane.
Houston police sent a bomb squad to the airport, and airline officials were forced to evacuate the plane. All of the passengers and the baggage on the flight were removed and rescreened before being allowed back on the aircraft.
Authorities found no evidence of explosives, and the plane departed the airport a short time later.
According to ABC News, the second flight that received a bomb threat was an American Airlines regional jet operated by Compass Airlines that had landed in Los Angeles International Airport from Houston.
The passengers on the flight were removed, and authorities at LAX brought a bomb-sniffing dog through the aircraft. The plane was moved to a remote part of the airport while the investigation took place, but no explosives were detected.
Passengers were brought back to the terminal via bus, and the airline was planning to book them all on a new flight as soon as possible. Both of the bomb scares caused several flights to change gates.
This comes a day after a bomb hoax caused the evacuation of a Turkish Airlines plane in Istanbul.
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