An Air France bomb threat left a flight to Paris taking caution and severely delayed this week. Airline authorities in Venezuela opted to postpone an Air France plane departure flying out from Caracas to Paris when a sudden bomb threat was made known. A new report describes the details of possible explosives being feared on the outgoing flight recently, first discovered by an anti-terrorist unit's warning, UPI.com reveals this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.
An anonymous tip regarding the Air France bomb threat prompted a European-based anti-terrorist unit to alert airport officials that there may be hidden detonators on board. Venezuelan officials did search the plane, but failed to find any evidence of the purported explosives.
"It was assumed that explosives had been placed on a plane to explode in flight between Caracas-Paris or Paris-Caracas," Venezuela Minister for the Interior, Justice and Peace Miguel Rodriguez told state television channel Venezolana de Television. "So far the information we have is the intent of a terrorist group to place an explosive on a France [to] Venezuela flight," he added.
It is not known at this time what terrorist group may have been intending to bomb the France-bound flight from Venezuela. Updates on the extensive search reveals that a team of no less than 54 local intelligence investigators probed through the jet, as well as parts of the airport terminal.
"We are going to search this aircraft inch by inch. And then the flight will be rescheduled,” said one law enforcement official. "So we apologize to passengers, but it is our duty to protect lives."
While delayed and cancelled flights can certainly be troublesome to passengers, safety is always a primary concern. The press release concludes that although this France Air bomb threat seems to have been an empty one, any terrorist claim needs to be thoroughly investigated.