Mumbai: Caller threatens to blow up Air India flights

Its Mumbai office received an anonymous call on the bombing of two flights from Chennai

A threat received by the Air India office in Mumbai to bomb two of its flights sent security personnel into a tizzy on Thursday. The national carrier said an anonymous caller threatened to blow up AI 945 Chennai-to-Hyderabad and AI 143 Chennai-to-Delhi. It said the call was declared “non-specific” by the bomb threat assessment committee, which advised that all laid down procedures be followed. “Air India has stepped up security measures. All flights are operating as per schedule,” it added.

Following the call, police and airport authorities took stock of the situation, officials said at the Chennai airport.

Panic had gripped passengers at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Tuesday after the Jet Airways call centre received threats about bombs in five of its aircraft from Chennai, hours after blasts had ripped through the Brussels airport. On Wednesday, there was a major security scare at several airports in the country, including the national capital, following a phone call from the US that 11 aircraft of private carrier IndiGo could be in danger of being blown up.

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