3rd flight diverted to Dallas
By Associated Press and KOMO Staff Published: Jan 25, 2015 at 5:12 PM PST
SEATAC, Wash. Two planes were evacuated upon arrival at SeattleTacoma International Airport on Sunday due to what a spokesman called a “security concern.” Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved.
The flights arrived late Sunday afternoon. “This is the first time I’ve been in a situation where you had two aircraft that are fairly close in arrival time, for them to be considered in a security situation,” Cooper said, adding that as a precaution, passengers were bused to their gates from the airport’s third runway.
The threats were taken seriously enough that two F15 fighter jets were scrambled from their base in Portland to escort each plane onto the runway. Passengers remained mostly calm, according to Lisa Vanderdasson, who was on the JetBlue flight, but the gravity of the situation hit her once she was cleared to leave the terminal. “My legs started shaking a little bit, and I was just really, really glad to be back,” Vanderdasson said. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to “a security concern.” Spokesman Morgan Durrant said passengers on Flight 1061 got off the Boeing 737900 so authorities can search the aircraft.
The airline plans to continue the flight when authorities determine it is safe to do so. Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said online threats targeted the JetBlue and Delta flights. She said there was no known threat to any aircraft that departed from the Los Angeles area and that as part of the investigation agents will determine whether the threats were related. The flight disruptions come a day after bomb threats targeted two jets bound for Atlanta, prompting F16 fighter jets to escort the planes. The threats posted on the social media network Twitter targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived at Atlanta from Milwaukee; and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon. It was unclear if any of threats were connected.