Bomb note forces search of transatlantic flight
The FBI searched an arriving flight in Boston on Sunday after a note mentioning a bomb was discovered.
Airport news for Travel,Heathrow on 05/12/2011.
The Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow was met at Boston Logan International Airport around 6:00pm local time (23:00 GMT) by Massachusetts State Police and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation after the captain had reported the note to air traffic controllers.
All 16 crewmembers and 200 passengers arriving on flight VS 11 had to undergo additional security screening procedures whilst authorities used police dogs and x-ray devices to search the plane and all baggage. Nothing was found and all passengers and crew were released.
Phil Orlandella, spokesman for Logan airport, said that one of the cabin crewmembers had discovered the note in one of the plane’s lavatories. He said that it had mentioned a bomb but would not comment further on what else was said.
Authorities say the threat is being treated as non-credible, as the note had been dated nearly a month ago. According to the AFP and Boston television stations, it was dated 11 November; however, state police and airport officials were unable to confirm the exact date.
Thomas Murphy of the Massachusetts State Police said that the investigation would continue.
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