TSA DC Operations Center Receives Another Hoax Bomb Threat
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Less than a week after the TSA Operations Center in Washington, D.C. received a phoned-in threat that a bomb was on board a US Airways flight landing in Philadelphia from San Diego, and a few weeks after a chemical weapons threat was made related to multiple aircraft, yet another unfounded threat was called into the TSA’s DC Operations Center on Saturday night, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman provided The Bee with details of the threat. The TSA was told that one passenger each in 10 planes was carrying homemade explosives. It was determined that one of the planes supposedly carrying an explosives-laden passenger was a Minneapolis-to-Sacramento Delta flight with 131 passengers and five crew aboard.
According to The Bee, the TSA, Delta Airlines, and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department considered the threat credible, and bomb threat protocol began.
The plane was moved to a remote runway location upon landing and passengers were deplaned. In went the Sheriff Airport Explosive Detection K-9 teams, searching baggage, passengers, and plane.
Passenger IDs were verified, and they were then bused to Terminal A to collect their luggage.
No explosives were found.
The International Business Times reported the same outcome for a Turkish Airlines flight Saturday. Due to leave for JFK in New York, the Boeing 777 was grounded in Istanbul after a bomb threat was found in a lavatory.
The 283 passengers were evacuated and thorough search was conducted. No bomb.
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