Texas’s El Paso (AP) — An American Airlines flight was diverted from the tarmac of a Texas airport on Friday due to a bomb threat that was unfounded, according to a law enforcement official.
The passengers on the noon flight from El Paso, Texas, to Chicago, according to an FBI officer, were not in danger despite the threat, according to KVIA-TV.
Although an evaluation is always carried out after receiving a warning, there is currently no known credible threat to the aircraft or its passengers, according to Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Downey.
After receiving the threat, authorities at El Paso International Airport and the FBI’s El Paso office implemented preventive safety procedures, according to Downey.
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Eventually, the airplane departed for Chicago O’Hare International Airport in the late afternoon, according to KVIA.
A second flight with the same identification number was en route back to El Paso on Saturday, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.
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The Associated Press contacted American Airlines for more information, but they did not answer right away.