News Article - May 02, 2010

By Linda Loyd
Inquirer Staff Writer

  Passengers and crew were cleared off a plane at Philadelphia International Airport Saturday night because of a bomb threat. United Airlines Flight 148 from Chicago landed safely shortly before 7 p.m., authorities said. Not long before the plane landed, the crew found a threatening note and reported it to air-traffic controllers in Philadelphia, United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said. Authorities searched the plane, which was taken to a section of the airport near Atlantic Aviation on Enterprise Avenue, and found no bombs. The Airbus A-320 was carrying 112 passengers and five crew members, who were bused to the terminal. Police said the threatening note was found on a wall in the washroom on the plane. Airport operations were normal, spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said.

   TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon said, "The flight landed safely without incident at 6:55 p.m. Out of an abundance of caution, the plane was directed to a remote location and was met by law enforcement and TSA. All passengers were deplaned, and the aircraft was swept with negative findings." Authorities said that passengers were still being interviewed late Saturday night by law enforcement and that checked baggage would be rescreened.

Source - Philadelphia Inquirer