Sunday, January 25, 2015

Two arriving planes stopped for bomb threats at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (KSEA), Washington

Passengers are being delayed or evacuated Sunday afternoon due to two, possibly three bomb threats being investigated Sunday afternoon at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Passengers aboard JetBlue Flight 1006, which landed at 4:15 p.m. were evacuated due to a “security concern” after the plane arrived  from Long Beach, airport officials say.  Baggage was on the pavement being inspected using dogs, a passenger tweeted.

The aircraft was sent to the far southwest end of the airfield, about 2,500 feet from other coming and going flights, said Perry Cooper, spokesman for the Port of Seattle. Passengers were walking off on portable stairs, he said. They were taken to the terminal on buses. A woman named Tiffany has been tweeting pictures of airport police, luggage and the sunset, as she waited for a ride back to the terminal.

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

Then another plane was detained, a Delta flight from Phoenix, reported KING 5 News. 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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