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Bomb Threat Called In To Tyler Pounds Regional Airport

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is under heightened security tonight after officials received a bomb threat.   Airport officials say someone called earlier today and left a voice mail saying there was a bomb on an incoming flight.

Airport officials contacted federal authorities and the airport's two local carriers: American Airlines and Continental Airlines.  The Department Of Homeland Security and the F.B.I. did not find anything suspicious, but the airport is still under heightened alert.

The F.B.I. is currently looking for the person responsible for calling in this threat. None of the 20 incoming or outgoing flights were delayed because of this.  Hoever, in Houston, a Continental flight that arrived there from Tyler was delayed an hour. Officials searched the aircraft and nothing was found.

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport manager Davis Dickson says in his 13 years working at the airport, this is the second time that something like this has happened.  "It is very infrequent that we ever get calls like this.  I think I've only delt with two since I started working at the airport but even at that we don't take any of those as a joke. It's very serious," said Dickson.

Officials ask that if you have any information about that message to contact authorities.

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.





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