Two Flights escorted to Atlanta International Airport after bomb scare
Two flights landed safely in Atlanta after a bomb scare that surfaced on social network Twitter. The flights were escorted by military F-16 fighter jets from McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina.
The planes were checked by the ground security staff after they landed at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Southwest Airlines Flight 2492 and Delta Flight 1156 were checked thoroughly. The security teams have confirmed that nothing suspicious was found on the planes.
The FBI has confirmed the reports of bomb threat but has not divulged any further details. The police bomb squad and K-9 teams have checked the planes and luggage of passengers. Passengers were also questioned briefly. Due to checking, one runway was temporarily closed. The operations have returned to normal.
A Delta employee found bizarre tweets from a Twitter handle @KingZortic on Saturday. During the conversation on Twitter, nothing additional emerged from the user. Security agencies are checking the details of the account.
The military jets returned to McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's spokesman Reese McCranie said that the operations have returned back to normal. McCranie added that some flights were delayed as passengers on the two flights were also questioned.
In a statement, Southwest informed, "Our top priority is the safety of our customers and employees. We can not comment on the nature of the security situation."
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