Unknown twitter account sends bomb threats to two Atlanta bound flightsChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Jan 25, 2015 22:45 IST
FBI is looking for a Tweeter user who had sent bomb threats to two Atlanta bound flights on Saturday. In a statement FBI said, The threats were posted via Twitter about 1:50 p.m. by the user @kingZortic, who addressed the FBI, CIA and NSA . They have also confirmed that the threats against the planes at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were unfounded. Military aircrafts were dispatched to escort the planes to land safely. The threats were issued against a flight from Portland on a Delta Airlines and Southeast flight from Milwaukee. In the tweeter account the person said, As part of a nationwide State agreement, a bomb was placed on SWA2492. It will be detonated at a random time of my choosing... . The person also claimed that an airport security personnel had helped him.
In a series of Tweets the person claimed, Oh yes, that's it. 1156, thanks. It was smuggled through one of the back entrances [sic] because the airport didn't I had one of the airport security help me because he's an old friend who now works for The State. No more information for you . The person later tweeted, If anything happens to me I'll make sure that more flights are targeted. I strongly suggest you don't try anything stupid .
After the threat in a statement Southwest said, Due to 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 . Passengers from the flights had to wait in the tarmac while FBI searched the airline for bombs. Some passengers had mentioned that they didn t receive any information regarding the threats. But some claimed that they had been following the proceeding through their mobile devices.
Previously five people including the airport baggage handlers were charged in Atlanta airport for shipping firearms on passenger jets illegally. Currently airport security officials are not screened for firearms. But experts want this system to be changed, though they are suggesting that it will be difficult for the authorities to keep track as security officials travel frequently between secure and unsecure areas.
FBI confirmed that there were no arrests for the threats yet, as Tweeter suspended the @kingzortic account.
Unknown twitter account sends bomb threats to two Atlanta bound flights