Fighter jets escort U.S. airliners after bomb threat

An FBI official told WSBTV that passengers from both flights will be interviewed and searched before leaving the area. (Courtesy: WSBTV)

A pair of F-16 fighter jets escorted two U.S. commercial airliners to their landing in Atlanta on Saturday following a bomb threat online, an aviation spokesman said.

A threat posted to Twitter prompted the jets to be scrambled for the planes arriving from Portland and Milwaukee, said Preston Schlachter from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

A Twitter user made threats earlier in the afternoon regarding smuggling bombs aboard the aircrafts.

Schlachter described the escort as a "precautionary measure," and said the planes landed safely.


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