SAN FRANCISCO INT’L AIRPORT (CBS) — A telephoned threat that prompted authorities at San Francisco International Airport to search a Philippine Airlines flight from Manila turned out to be a hoax, according to a spokesman.

Passengers had to de-plane Tuesday night while the Boeing 747 was on the tarmac after a threat was made against the airline earlier in the day.

“We received a non-specific threat for Philippine Flight 104 from Manila, so we searched the aircraft,” said SFO Duty Manager Chris Davison.

SFO police said the threatening phone call came into Philippine Airlines at 2:30 in the afternoon, well after the plane was already on its way to San Francisco.

The plane with 330 passengers landed on time, at 7:30 p.m., but was quickly surrounded by fire trucks and police vehicles. After about an hour, passengers were shuttled to the airport and customs.

The plane was and its cargo were then searched by bomb sniffing dogs at a secure location but no explosives were found.

There is no word on who called in the hoax.

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Comments (9)
  1. Nelson Tan Bonifacio says:

    i wonder why

  2. Rashad says:

    My company has a driver stuck at the airport because of this. Client has a hefty bill ahead of them. Poor passengers!

  3. Vivian says:

    I HAVE BEEN FLYING PAL and i must say this is a very good airline.

  4. coco says:

    you see the terrorist need nothing more just threat us-waist our time,money and let live us in fear is enough for them to feel powerful

  5. sam reames says:

    I figured this security system out long ago and it is simple.Strip everybody when they come in ,do a caviy search ,put everybody into an orange jump suite and then give them thier cloths back at the end of the flight. Simple and it works.

    1. Wayne Simmons says:

      sounds like a deal to me except i don’t see the need for the inflight jumpsuits…

  6. jerry says:

    I look terrible in orange

  7. Scott says:

    who cares if a bomb goes off in san francisco?

  8. username says:

    nice website,,,

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