This morning, at least five bomb threats were made against flights leaving from or landing in the United States.
The TSA Operations Center in Washington, DC received a phone threat that there were multiple explosive devices on a U.S. Airways flight traveling from San Diego to Philadelphia. The plane landed safely and was immediately moved to a remote area were it was met by a police bomb squad with dogs that searched both the plane and its passengers. They found no signs of a bomb or explosives on the plane that carried 88 passengers and five crew members.
Simultaneously, similar threats were also made on Delta Flight 55, from Los Angeles to Atlanta; United Flight 995, from San Francisco to Chicago O’Hare; Volaris Flight 939, from Portland, Oregon to Guadalajara, Mexico and Korean Air Flight 23 from Seoul to San Francisco.
Four of the five flights that received threat have already landed safely and so far no explosives have been found. The fifth, the Korean Air Flight from Seoul to San Francisco is scheduled to land this afternoon.
Ironically also this morning, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson reassigned TSA’s acting administrator and ordered improved security at U.S. airports following reports that checkpoint screeners failed to detect mock explosives and weapons in 95% of tests carried out by undercover agents.
Today’s threats were similar to a series of threats made last week, to local police around the country from a man claiming to have placed chemical weapons on more than 10 different flights. What authorities are calling ‘Hoax Threats’ have been made against almost 2 dozen flights over the past two weeks, mostly coming into the United States from other countries.