Domestic Dispute Blamed in 'Bomb' That Diverted Flight

JetBlue flight lands after phone call indicating passenger was dangerous
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 12, 2012 11:12 AM CDT
Updated Mar 12, 2012 12:40 PM CDT
Flight Diverted to Buffalo Over Possible Bomb Threat
A JetBlue aircraft is shown.   (PRNewsFoto/JetBlue Airways)

(Newser) – A Boston-to-Chicago JetBlue Airways flight was diverted to Buffalo and a passenger detained today after the airline received a phone call indicating she may have posed a bomb threat. But the FBI now says there was no real threat, and that a domestic dispute was likely the root cause of the incident. Authorities got a call from a woman in Boston this morning, saying that a woman onboard JetBlue Flight 923 might have a bomb.

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The Joint Terrorism Task Force in Boston located the caller; an FBI special agent would not identify her but said charges are pending. He would not provide any other details of the call or say how the women knew each other, but said authorities determined it involved a domestic dispute. The plane landed at about 8:30am, and its 86 passengers were forced to disembark while bomb-sniffing dogs checked the passenger compartment and baggage. "It appears it wasn't a valid threat," the FBI agent said. (Read more JetBlue stories.)

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