In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, fresh threats continue to surface. On Tuesday, two Air France flights from the United States to Paris were diverted due to bomb threats, according to officials.
Finally, both Air France flights landed safely on Tuesday night and were given go signals following a thorough search by the U.S. and Canadian authorities. Passengers exited the plane as FBI and airport police personnel took over and began their investigation.
Flight 65 directed to Paris from Los Angeles was diverted to Salt Lake City after receiving a bomb threat from the ground, as confirmed by a U.S. government official.
“Several law enforcement agencies are working … to determine the nature of the threats which caused the aircraft to divert,” said Todd Palmer, FBI Special Agent, Salt Lake City division.
Another flight of Air France from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport, Flight 55, was diverted to Halifax, Nova Scotia due to a threatening call from the ground. The sources couldn’t confirm whether both calls came from the same person or not.
According to Preston Schlachter, NORAD spokesperson,U.S. military aircraft was not involved in either of the incidents.
“Diversion of flights are the most draconian response to a bomb threat,” revealed Juliette Kayyem, CNN national security analyst.
The airport officials have turned the plane back to Air France after rendering it safe following a search, confirmed Craig Vargo, Airport Police Chief of Salt Lake City.
“And then the flight attendants told us we would be making an emergency landing,” said Kathleen Ingley, a freelance journalist, who was a passenger in Flight 65. “They told us to put trays on the floor and tighten our seat belts and get anything out of the aisles. No one had any idea what the problem was. Every possible scenario runs through your mind.”