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UPDATE 1-U.S. flights face bomb threats, no explosives found -media reports

Tue 2nd June, 2015 5:31pm
(Adds United Airlines comment, background) 
    June 2 (Reuters) - Five bomb threats that turned out to be 
hoaxes disrupted U.S. domestic and international flights on 
Tuesday, airline officials and media reports said. 
    Police met U.S. Airways flight 648, with 88 passengers and 
five crew on board, when it landed at Philadelphia International 
Airport due to a "possible security threat," said Victoria 
Lupica, a spokeswoman for U.S. Airways' parent company, American 
Airlines Group Inc  AAL.O  
    A possible bomb threat prompted the search, Philadelphia's 
6ABC television reported. No explosives were found. 
    NBC and CNN reported that other U.S. commercial flights  
received bomb threats on Tuesday: a United Airlines  UALCO.UL  
flight to Chicago, Delta Air Lines  DAL.N  flight to Atlanta and 
a Volaris flight  AVT_p.CN  from Portland to Guadalajara, 
Mexico. The planes landed safely and were searched, and 
passengers were deplaned, according to CNN. 
    United spokesman Charles Hobart said in a statement that 
authorities cleared its Flight 955 upon arrival in Chicago. 
"Passengers exited the plane as usual," he said. "We are working 
with law enforcement in their review." 
    A fifth flight operated by Korean Air Lines  003490.KS  and 
bound for San Francisco was still in the air, NBC reported. 
    Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation were not 
immediately available for comment. The Transportation Security 
Administration and Federal Aviation Administration had referred 
queries to the FBI. 
    On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson  
reassigned the acting administrator for the Transportation 
Security Administration after ordering improved security at U.S. 
airports.  ID:nL1N0YO03A   
    Monday's news followed media reports that checkpoint 
screeners did not detect mock explosives and weapons in 95 
percent of tests carried out by undercover agents. 
    Separately, some 188 flights on United, or about 9 percent 
of its total flights, were delayed on Tuesday, according to 
flight tracker  
    The FAA halted the airline's flights for 39 minutes because 
of what it described as automation issues. Hobart said United 
began delaying flights at about 9 a.m. EDT "to ensure aircraft 
departed with proper dispatching" and resumed departures a short 
time later. 
 (Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Jeffrey Dastin 
in Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu in 
Washington; Editing by Scott Malone, Doina Chiacu and Cynthia 
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