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United-SkyWest Flight Diverted After Passenger Makes Bomb Threats

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While en route from Houston to Miami, a passenger onboard a United Airlines-SkyWest flight made a bomb threat, forcing the aircraft to land in New Orleans.

A United Airlines-SkyWest flight en route from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Miami International Airport (MIA) made an unscheduled stop Wednesday morning at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) after a passenger told cabin crew that their seat-mate had made a bomb threat. SkyWest Flight 6388 was held on the ground for approximately two hours at MSY while officials investigated the incident. The Times-Picayune in New Orleans reported that the woman who issued the threat, Vivian Tu Banh, 31, was taken in to FBI custody before the flight was allowed to continue on to MIA.

An FBI spokesperson, Mary Beth Romig, told the paper that there was never a credible threat to the 70 passengers onboard the aircraft.

Banh was questioned by federal authorities, but not charged. Instead, the Californian woman was sent to a New Orleans’ hospital for psychological evaluation under a protective custody order. Officials opted not to pursue charges until the results of the evaluation are made available.

A federal felony conviction for making a hoax bomb threat carries fines of as much as $5,000 or up to five years in prison.

[Photo: SkyWest]

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