MINNEAPOLIS - A flight from Denver to the Twin Cities was searched by federal agents and bomb-sniffing dogs Friday night after touchdown at Minneaoplis-St. Paul International Airport. Frontier Airlines flight 100 landed shortly after 6 o'clock and taxied to a remote area of the airfield where it was surrounded by security personnel. A short time later, passengers were evacuated and transported by bus to the Humphrey International Charter Terminal.
Denver International Airport officials received a telephoned threat about 4 o'clock Mountain time. A spokeswoman declined to specify the threat. FBI officials in Denver ruled it a 'low credibility' threat and the Transportation Security Administration described it as a 'no credibility' threat. Normal security precautions remained in effect with very little noticeable to passengers.
The Frontier flight bound to Minneapolis was treated differently because it was in mid-flight once the threat was received. Security officials chose to move the Boeing 737-300 to a remote area of the airport where it could be searched. Baggage and cabin areas were being checked by bomb-sniffing dogs.
Frontier officials say the threat did not specifically involve their airline. Normal flights operations continued at both Denver and the Twin Cities airports.
Beefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
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I was just watching the local news here in Minneapolis (KARE 11) and they interviewed a couple of passengers.
They said that the flight crew informed the passengers half way through the flight that there was a threat against the flight and that the plane would be searched upon arrival at MSP. I bet that made for a somewhat nervous second half of the flight!!!
Also, a passenger said they waited on the ground for about 45 minutes after landing before they were deplaned. It took about two hours from the time they landed until they were released into the terminal and were able to claim their bags.