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Bomb threat against 2 planes at Atlanta's main airport

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Police bomb and dog teams searched two planes at Atlanta's main airport Saturday after authorities received what they descried as credible bomb threats, airport and law enforcement officials said.

The threats targeted Southwest Airlines Flight 2492, which arrived from Milwaukee, and Delta Air Lines Flight 1156, which arrived from Portland, Oregon. Both planes were on the tarmac at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, airport spokesman Reese McCranie said.

The passengers were taken off both planes.

A bomb squad and K-9 team from the Atlanta Police Department were examining both aircraft at an out-of-way section of the airport, McCranie said.

After landing, the Southwest Airlines flight taxied to a remote area where the passengers and the aircraft were rescreened, company officials said in a statement.

"Our top priority is the safety of our customers and employees," Southwest officials said. "We cannot comment on the nature of the security situation."

FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett declined to describe the threats in more detail.

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