2 Air France flights diverted due to bomb threats – CNN
The source did not know if the same person called in both threats.
“Several law enforcement agencies are working to determine the nature of the threats which caused the aircraft to divert,” FBI Special Agent Todd Palmer of the Salt Lake City division said.
No U.S. military aircraft were scrambled in either of the reported Air France incidents, NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter said.
“Diversion of flights are the most draconian response to a bomb threat,” CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem said. “I think right now we take this seriously until we hear some explanation to the validity of the bomb threat.”
Passengers questioned by FBI
Trevor Moran was headed to Paris from Los Angeles to shoot a music video on Flight 65.
He said the pilot came on and said the plane had to make an emergency landing.
“There were huge buses when we landed that they loaded us all on,” he told CNN.
“Everyone on the flight is waiting in this lobby. Nobody knows what’s going on.”
Keith Rosso, who was on the same flight, said he had just finished dinner when the flight staff abruptly took trays away and said the plane was landing due to ‘unsafe flying conditions.”
Rosso said the FBI was interviewing passengers.
‘This is terrorism’
Even though the flights landed safely, CNN law enforcement analyst Jonathan Gilliam said there are reasons for serious concern.
“One thing that has to be clear is that we may call this a hoax, but the reality is, terrorism — which we see going on in France right now, and here — is a tactic used to affect a psychological or political change on a community, and that is what this is,” Gilliam said.
“It may be a hoax, as far as a bomb threat. But this is terrorism.”