Sunday, July 18, 2021

Security beefed up at Kolkata airport following bomb threat; later turns out to be hoax

Kolkata: Security was beefed up at Kolkata airport and 145 passengers getting off an Emirates flight from Dubai underwent additional frisking following a bomb threat alert received by the Air Traffic Control at Kolkata airport on Sunday morning that read: “There may be Bomb threat from the aircraft originating from Dubai. Those flights need to be monitored closely.”

However, after a thorough check of the flight as well as the passengers, airport authorities allowed the aircraft to fly back to Dubai as cops and officers engaged with airport security termed the threat to be a hoax. However, cops said they are trying to track down the origin of the message. A similar threat was received by Mumbai airport on Saturday morning which had also turned out to be false.

On Sunday, the airport’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) in Kolkata received the alert from Military Liasoning Unit (MLU) in Kolkata. It did not specify if the flight was to land in Kolkata or overfly the city towards China or a country in South East Asia. While an Emirates flight from Dubai was headed to the city around that time, there were others that were scheduled to overfly Kolkata.

18/07/21 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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