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Sunday, January 25, 2015

F-16s Scrambled to Escort Jets After Twitter Bomb Threat

An apparent bomb threat against two passenger flights that was tweeted today resulted in two F-16 fighter jets being scrambled to escort the two airliners.

The two flights were both enroute to Hartsfeld-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, where they landed safely NORAD said.

"When the threat came in through Twitter, something was suspicious enough about it to make that determination that caused someone to elevate it to the point that it caused the scramble of the fighter jets and the notifications that occurred," Special Agent in Charge Britt Johnson said at the Atlanta airport.

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