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Threat delays Southwest flight to RDU

Posted February 1, 2010

— Passengers were ordered off a Monday afternoon Southwest Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Raleigh-Durham International Airport following a threat, officials said.

Someone called Southwest headquarters in Dallas to issue a "non-specific" threat, company spokeswoman Ashley Rogers said. The company notified the Transportation Security Administration, Rogers said, and although threat didn't specify a flight, TSA officials decided to halt Flight 466.

"Cops rushed on the plane and said, 'Get off the plane, get off the plane!'” passenger Marques Kidd recalled.

After passengers were taken off the plane, the aircraft was towed off the tarmac to an isolated location, where dogs searched it, Rogers said. The dogs found nothing aboard the plane, she said.

Passenger Carol Siebert of Chapel Hill said the entire concourse at Philadelphia International Airport was cleared during the incident. Passengers were told only that there was a security breach, she said.

Passengers' luggage was re-examined, and Southwest officials were preparing to let them board the plane again at about 5 p.m., Rogers said.

Flight 466 was supposed to leave Philadelphia at 3:50 p.m. It arrived at RDU shortly before 7 p.m.

A flight from Philadelphia to RDU was delayed after a threat was called in.


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  • concerncitizen Feb 2, 2010

    TarheelsDontLikeEdwards, I'm glad you cleared that up for me. I was under the impression the terrorist were frighten that we were trying to force our religions and democracy on them, so they are fighting for their rights to life as they like. smarterthanyou2, is right, if we leave and stop trying to influence ever part of their lives, they will stay where they are! We can still do business with them, all we need do is stop trying to steal all they have!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 2, 2010

    "The terrorists win again.

    When we leave the middle east in all aspects, they'll go away."

    They won't go away. They'll become braver and follow us home to try and achieve their goal of a world with only the Muslim religion.

    It's a case of fight them on their turf or fight them later on our turf.

    Terrorists are like the school bully, they get braver and more agressive each time someone backs down from them.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 2, 2010

    Terrorists make calls when they want to freak people out.

    There were no calls made on the morning of 9/11.

    You have to worry about the one that we don't get warned about.

  • WHEEL Feb 2, 2010

    TSA "Thousands standing around"

  • smarterthanyou2 Feb 2, 2010

    The terrorists win again.

    When we leave the middle east in all aspects, they'll go away.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Feb 2, 2010

    Obviously a specific flight was mentioned or all flights would have been investigated and delayed, not just this one.

  • My opinion not yours Feb 1, 2010

    TSA is a bunch of hoodlums themselves!

  • Whatever Geez Feb 1, 2010

    They need to find out who it was and stick then in prison for being so ignorant.....