WSB TV-2 in Atlanta is reporting that two separate flights – Southwest Airlines flight 2492, coming in from Milwaukee (MKE) and Delta Airlines flight 1156 from Portland, Oregon (PDX) – were escorted into Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) this afternoon by NORAD jets because of ‘credible bomb threats’ against each flight.
Credible Bomb Threat Gets Southwest And Delta Flights Escorted to ATL By NORAD Jets
According to WSB TV-2
Both planes have landed safely and are sitting on the taxiway waiting to be swept by the Atlanta police bomb squad.
FBI officials say the passengers on both flights will be interviewed and searched before they are allowed to leave the area.
According to ABC News
The threats appear to have originated from the Twitter handle @kingZortic, according to officials familiar with the incident. The account only has 11 tweets, 10 of which appear to be related to threats against Delta and Southwest Airlines.
Southwest Airlines offered this statement Saturday afternoon:
“Due a security situation, the aircraft operating Flight 2492 was taken to a remote area of the airport where Customers and the aircraft are being rescreened. Our number one priority is the Safety of our Customers and People. We cannot comment on the nature of the security situation.”
Tweeting out threats against an airline? Interesting way to get their attention. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.