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Southwest flight delayed at Sacramento International after threat called into airline

A Southwest Airlines plane was delayed Friday morning at Sacramento International Airport until a police dog could help determine that the flight was safe.

Southwest Flight 214 from Sacramento to Los Angeles was supposed to take off at 10:05 a.m. The airline, however, received a threat to that flight, said Mark Haneke, airport spokesman.

As a precaution, passengers and their luggage were removed from the plane and the baggage was searched, Haneke said. The luggage was placed on the tarmac near the plane so that a police dog could be used to sniff out any threat to passengers.

About noon, the flight was given the all-clear signal when nothing dangerous was found. Passengers reboarded the plane, which departed at 12:42 p.m., according to Southwest.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews