Sacramento International Airport responded late Saturday to reports of a suspected bomb aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis, officials said.
Responding to “credible” reports that a Sacramento-bound flight was carrying a passenger with a homemade explosive aboard, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department used bomb-sniffing dogs to search the plane, passengers and baggage when it landed, said Sgt. Lisa Bowman, sheriff’s spokeswoman. No bomb was found.
The incident started Saturday evening, when the federal Transportation Security Operations Center in Washington, D.C., received a call that 10 planes at various airports each had a passenger carrying homemade explosives, according to Bowman. One of those flights was identified as Delta Flight 2371, flying from Minneapolis to Sacramento with 131 passengers and five crew members. It was scheduled to arrive at 7:51 p.m.
The threat was deemed credible by the TSA, Delta Air Lines and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, prompting Sacramento officials to launch their “standard bomb threat protocol,” Bowman said. When the plane landed, it was moved to a remote section of the runway and passengers were deplaned.
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Bomb-sniffing canines and their handlers from the Sheriff’s Department’s airport explosives detection unit searched the baggage, passengers and the plane. Passengers’ identification and identities were verified. Passengers were then bused to Terminal A to collect their luggage.
This incident marks the third cluster of airline-related bomb threats in recent weeks. On June 1, airline officials received five bomb threats related to planes departing from different airports across the country, according to reports by CNN and NBC. A similar incident occurred in late May, CNN said. It is unclear if any of the incidents are related; no bombs have been found on any of the planes cited.
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