DETROIT (Reuters) - Security officials aided by sniffer dogs swept through three U.S. passenger jets on Tuesday after they were targeted by bomb threats, authorities said.
The aircraft, all operated by Northwest Airlines, included one that arrived at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport on Tuesday morning on a flight from Miami, spokesmen for Northwest and the Transportation Security Administration, told Reuters.
The plane in Detroit was still being searched about two hours after it landed, according to TSA spokeswoman Yolanda Clark, who added that no explosive device had been found aboard the aircraft.
"So far these threats have not turned out to be credible," Clark told Reuters. She said she was unaware of the source of the bomb threats but added that authorities were "taking every precaution available."
The second and third flights, from Memphis to Miami and Los Angeles to Detroit, were stopped before takeoff and were being searched by Northwest and federal officials, Northwest said in a statement.
updated: 3 Amtrak trains around Miami were also included in the threat
Raybolt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 255 posts, RR: 1
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There was also a fourth flight that was included in this. Here's an article from a Minneapolis newspaper: The Star Tribune
Bomb threat prompts search of NWA planes at 4 airports
March 30, 2004
Four Northwest Airlines flights were grounded and searched Tuesday because of bomb threats, the Transportation Security Administration said.
None of the threats appeared to be credible, but security workers searched the planes, passengers and baggage again as a precaution, said Amy Von Walter, a TSA spokeswoman. Dogs were use in at least two of the searches.
A flight from Miami to Detroit landed at 10:30 a.m. in Detroit and was searched after passengers left the plane, Von Walter said.
Another flight from Miami to Detroit was being searched around 1 p.m. EST, and passengers and baggage were being double-checked Tuesday.
A third flight, from Miami to Los Angeles through Memphis, was searched after it landed in Memphis, she said. The fourth threatened flight, from Los Angeles to Boston through Detroit, was still on the ground in Los Angeles around 1 p.m. EST and was being searched.
The agency declined to provide details about the threats.
Northwest issued a press release saying that an unnamed news organization had contacted it about three flights. The airline said one of those flights landed safely in Detroit and that the other two were being searched.