United’s 6am flight from Albanyu to Newark — a 41 minute flight — was delayed two hours when, ten minutes prior to departure, one passenger said the word “bomb” to another passenger.
“He uttered the words bomb to another passenger” who alerted the flight crew, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said.
The pilot immediately ordered all passengers and the crew off of the plane. “The pilot did what he was trained to do,” the sheriff said.
Police dogs were called in to search the plane and luggage and the The FBI anti-terrorism task force was called in, a situation the sheriff described as routine for such an incident. No bomb was found.
All passengers and luggage from the CommutAir Dash-8 were re-screened.