A bomb threat was made against a flight from London that landed in New Jersey on Thursday, Fox News confirms. The bomb threat originated from a pay phone inside a terminal at Newark International Airport. Authorities are working to identify if the threat is credible. The FBI, Joint Terrorism Tast Force and bomb squad are on the scene. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the flight, which is carrying 206 passengers and 13 crew members, arrived around 1 p.m. Thursday at Newark Liberty International Airport.
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If this is accurate, there's some precedent to justify the response: in 2016, a terrorist blew a hole in a Somali airliner with a "laptop-like" device. There's a mounting concern that attackers are once again finding creative ways to bring explosives aboard flights, and electronics are an obvious conduit. However, this also raises some questions. If there was a specific threat of a bomb-laden iPad, why are the American and British bans different? Why are France and other countries not implementing their own bans when they could also be targets?
A bomb threat was called into the Cairo airport and the flight emergency landed the nearest airport – Urgench, Uzbekistan – after being in the air three hours. All 135 on board, 118 passengers and 17 crew, were evacuated and the plane was searched, but no bomb was found. Urgench is a city in western Uzbekistan, near the border with Turkmenistan.