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Threats halt 2 Southwest flights

By Alta Spells and Darrell Calhoun, CNN
updated 7:19 AM EDT, Wed May 9, 2012
Southwest Airlines Flight 811 is held at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, on Tuesday night.
Southwest Airlines Flight 811 is held at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, on Tuesday night.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Both planes are eventually cleared
  • One flight was searched at John Wayne Airport
  • The other at Phoenix's Sky Harbor

(CNN) -- Two Southwest Airlines flights from Orange County, California, to Phoenix were the subject of security scares Tuesday night, and authorities are investigating whether the incidents are linked.

Both planes were eventually cleared after officials determined a threat did not exist.

Southwest Airlines flight 811 was headed to Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport from John Wayne Airport when officials removed passengers and brought in a bomb squad and canine units to search the plane, said Laura Eimiller, FBI spokeswoman in the agency's Los Angeles office said.

"No threats of any kind" were found, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Balicki.

In the second incident, Southwest flight 1184 was taken to an isolated area at Sky Harbor after it flew in from John Wayne Airport after authorities received a "non-specific threat," said Ashley Dillon, the spokeswoman for the airline in Dallas.

Passengers and their bags were re-screened. and authorities did not find anything, Dillon said.

"We take any kind of threat seriously," she said.

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