The Air France bomb threat making headlines today grounded a flight from Caracas to Paris. Venezuelan authorities delayed the departure of Air France flight 385 after receiving the bomb threat. The French anti-terrorist unit had information that an explosive device was possibly on board the flight about to depart to Paris, according to UPI.com on Dec. 15.
Venezuela’s Bolivarian Intelligence Service received this information and grounded the flight. The explosive device was thought to have been planted on the plane with detonation plans somewhere mid-flight between the flight’s departure from Caracas and its destination in Paris.
Venezuela Minister for the Interior Justice and Peace Miguel Rodriquez said:
“So far the information we have is the intent of a terrorist group to place an explosive on a France to Venezuela flight.”
Upon receiving this information the Venezuelan authorities put a stop to the plane’s departure and searched the plane. This is one more example of intelligence agencies somehow intercepting information about a terrorist group’s intent. This time it was with the intent on blowing up a plane mid-flight.
It is not known how they came across this information, but for anyone flying today, it leaves a sense of comfort that intelligence agencies across the globe have the means to come by this information before it is too late.