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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

January 25, 2015 at 4:59 PM

Two arriving planes delayed by bomb threats at SeaTac

Passengers on two arriving planes were delayed and then bused to the terminal following bomb threats Sunday afternoon, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Both planes were “cleared of security concerns” and passengers bused to the terminal, the airport tweeted around 6 p.m.

The first one, JetBlue Flight 1006 from Long Beach, arrived around 4:15 p.m. from Long Beach. It was sent to the far southwest end of the airfield, about 2,500 feet from other coming and going flights, said Cooper. Passengers were walking off using portable stairs, he said. They were taken to the terminal on buses. A passenger named Tiffany has been tweeting pictures of airport police, luggage being sniffed on the pavement by dogs, and the sunset.

The evacuation was a precaution, and other jets continued to take off and land, Cooper said earlier.

Then another plane was detained, Delta/SkyWest #4741 from Phoenix. The pilot mentioned three bomb threats, said Jenna Luthman, an executive producer at Northwest Cable News, who was on board and spoke live to KING 5 during its 5 p.m. newscast.

Luthman said the threats are being described as “low credibility,” but that it’s unusual to have three at the same time.

“Everyone seems kind of lighthearted,” she said on the newscast.

During the JetBlue evacuation, which lasted about 45 minutes, Cooper said there were no immediate reports of injuries, or reports of arrests.

A similar incident occurred Sept. 11, when  a plane was sent to the far end of the Sea-Tac property, Cooper said.

 

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