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Authorities Investigate Bomb Threat on Plane at Port Columbus

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- A written bomb threat found during a flight led to a search of a plane at Port Columbus International Airport on Monday morning.

A passenger discovered the threatening note in the plane's bathroom during American Airlines Flight 302 from Dallas to Columbus, according to investigators.

Authorities searched the aircraft with bomb-sniffing dogs after it landed at Port Columbus, and eventually determined that no credible threat existed.

As the plane sat on a runway prior to the search, its pilot told the 133 passengers still on board that the aircraft was experiencing an operational matter, though text messages and social media posts soon made the true reason for the delay evident.

The passengers were transported to the terminal while the plane was searched, and were screened before being permitted to leave the airport. No one was detained by police.

"As much as it's an inconvenience, we are just relieved it wasn't something real," passenger Matt Hayman said.

The incident remains under investigation.
 
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