Southwest Airlines plane searched at San Antonio airport after 'nonspecific threat'

Southwest plane greeted by San Antonio police, given all clear

Author: Tim Gerber , Reporter, tgerber@ksat.com
Published On: Sep 10 2012 09:52:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 11 2012 02:06:46 AM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Travelers on a Southwest Airlines flight from Baltimore to San Antonio had some tense moments Monday night after touching down at San Antonio International Airport.

The flight was greeted by police and fire crews because someone called in a "nonspecific threat" about the flight.

Passengers said they didn't realize there was anything wrong until they landed and went to a secluded part of the airport instead of the terminals.

"Everything was very normal," said Martha Wallis, a passenger on the flight. "We landed, there were no surprises, then all the sudden they kind of stopped in the middle of the runway."

Wallis said she looked out the window and noticed several police cars approaching the plane as they taxied down the runway. Moments later they were stopped and officers were boarding the plane.

"They just stopped and said you're getting off the plane," Wallis said. "We went down the stairwell and just kind of hung out."

The passengers were evacuated from the plane and loaded onto waiting shuttle buses where they were allowed to sit in the air conditioning as officers with bomb sniffing dogs searched the plane.

"They had the dogs go through all the luggage and then we eventually got back on the plane. It was all good," Wallis said.

Airport spokesman Rich Johnson said aside from the flight that was impacted, the incident didn't have any significant impact on the rest of the Airport's operations.

"Flights were on time as scheduled aside from this flight obviously," Johnson said. "Because we do have the luxury of having a secure location away from the terminals everything was probably as normal inside the terminals."

While it was more excitement then she bargained for, Wallis said she was impressed with the way the situation was handled.

"They did a great job. I felt very confident and secure," Wallis said. "I'm kind of wondering about the people getting back on that plane and going to Dallas. I think I'd be like, 'Can you give me a new plane?'" 

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