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Bomb Scare and Ransom Demand Evacuates American Airlines Flight at JFK

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A telephone hoax led authorities to isolate and evacuate an American Airlines flight landing at JFK from Barcelona on Sunday.

An American Airlines flight from Barcelona was evacuated at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on Sunday morning as officials investigated a bomb threat. Passengers and bags were removed from the flight arriving from Barcelona (BCN) in a secure area of the ramp away from the terminal buildings. The evacuation was spurred by a telephone bomb threat.

The threat was issued before the flight landed at JFK and emergency crews were waiting to surround the plane when it arrived at the airport.

The incident unfolded on social media as passengers on board the American Airlines flight live-tweeted the evacuation using the hash tags #aa97  and #jfkbombthreat.  One passenger, who also posted photographs of the evacuation at a remote part of the airport, reported being told by officials that a ransom demand accompanied the bomb threat to American Airlines flight AA67. Passengers described the evacuation as “orderly.”

Officials determined the bomb was a hoax more than an hour later, after an inspection of the aircraft, passengers and luggage, using at least four bomb-sniffing dogs revealed no signs of an explosive.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joseph Pentangelo told the New York Times the hoax was being investigated by the Port Authority Police Department, the New York Police Department as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

[Photo: Joaquin Badajoz/Twitter]

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