Planes Searched Amid Security Concerns

Planes Searched Amid Security Concerns

One commercial flight was diverted while two were also evacuated

Security concerns caused the diversion of one commercial flight and the evacuation of two others. According to reports, a Delta Air Lines flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas after a bomb threat was made on Twitter.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Mike McCarthy confirmed the diversion but declined to state a reason. He referred calls to Dallas police. Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant declined to give details but said the plane was being examined by authorities.

Separately, airport spokesman Perry Cooper form Seattle said a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, Calif., and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were evacuated amid security concerns. Passengers were bused to their gates from the airport’s third runway. Cooper said an investigation was underway.

The incidents came a day after bomb threats targeted two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F-16 fighter jets to escort the planes. Saturday's threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived at Atlanta from Milwaukee; and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Ore.

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Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.

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