Interesting. Not the modus operandi of al Qaeda; probably just someone pissed off at the airline or someone on the flight. I like how TSA said it was a "no credibility" threat.
Breaking News: Threat involving Twin Cities bound flight from Denver
Updated: 12-26-2003 07:51:20 PM
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.
[Edited 2003-12-27 03:08:11]