Bomb threat delays 2 flights at Westchester airport

NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER: Westchester County Airport (July 28, 2012)

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Everything was back to normal at the Westchester County Airport Saturday morning after a bomb scare caused delays the night before.

An overheard conversation about a bomb delayed two flights for more than two hours on Friday night, according to county sources.

No bomb was found and there was no evidence of a threat to passengers. The flights eventually took off at around 9:30 p.m..

"People were a little annoyed, but cooperative," an airport spokesman said. 

A person standing outside the terminal overheard two men having a conversation at about 8 p.m., according to county police. The person heard a fragment of conversation about an explosive on an Atlanta-bound flight and reported it to authorities.

Airport officials took the threat seriously, as there were two Atlanta-bound flights about to depart -- one was at the gate, and passengers were already boarding the second flight.

Westchester County police responded with a bomb squad and coordinated with representatives from the Transportation Security Administration.

Bomb squad sweeps of both flights turned up negative. The airport re-screened passengers and baggage from both flights before allowing the passengers to board the planes again.

"Everything was conducted in a professional manor. We were absolutely prepared for this kind of thing," an airport spokesman said.

The delayed flights were from Air Tran, with 112 passengers, and another from Delta, with 59 people aboard, officials said.

No other flights were impacted, and all other flights departed and arrived on time.

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