Police, emergency services evacuate Alitalia flight at JFK over ‘bomb threat’ (PHOTOS)
Emergency services personnel, some reportedly wearing hazmat suits, boarded the plane from Milan immediately after it landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport and all the passengers were taken off without their baggage.
— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) June 14, 2015
Numerous photos posted on Twitter show a large number of police and emergency vehicles surrounding the aircraft. According to some reports, the bags were taken off the plane by authorities, but were later put back on, as the passengers waited for some hour and a half in busses.
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— Carlos Forteza (@c_forteza) June 14, 2015
One of the plane’s passengers, Maxim Sorin, told ABC 7 New York they had been allowed back on board shortly before 6 pm. He also mentioned the security personnel wearing hazmat suits.
— PAPBA (@PAPBA911) June 14, 2015
It was not immediately clear why authorities conducted the sudden safety check, after which the aircraft was allowed to taxi to the gate.
— Kira Brekke (@KiraBrekke1) June 14, 2015
However later the airline confirmed that TSA had informed them of a “bomb threat” against its flight, which is why emergency security procedures were initiated. “All passengers disembarked without any problem,” the company announced.
Alitalia has been informed by the TSA of a bomb threat on its flight AZ604 Milan-JFK. Emergency procedures have been put in place. >>
— Alitalia (@Alitalia) June 14, 2015