Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Hoax bomb threat delays American Airlines flight

A 911 call threatening to blow up a plane at Bradley International Airport caused disruption Tuesday, but ultimately turned out to be a hoax.

The 'non-credible threat' was aimed at an American Airlines flight to Chicago which led to the evacuation of passengers.

After being deplaned, all passenger luggage was rescreened.

Trooper Josue Dorelus said dispatchers received a 911 call early Tuesday and Connecticut State Police responded with bomb-sniffing dogs.

The plane and all luggage aboard was checked and the plane was allowed to depart after a two-hour delay.

"There were a bunch of state troopers with canines and they came around sniffing passengers, and then the carry-on bags. "All in all, I think they all handled it as well as they could have been expected," passenger Jeff Rosenberg told WWLP 22 News.

The airport authority said there was no impact to other flight operations.

The FBI is now investigating who made the hoax call.


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