Alaska Airlines flight SWAT-ted

According to KING 5 News, NORAD scrambled fighter jets to escort an Alaska Airlines flight from Kona, Hawaii, to Sea-Tac Airport, on the basis of a hoaxer’s phone call:

FBI officials said the Honolulu field office received a call suggesting there was a threat to Alaska Air Flight 819 and that an individual onboard was going to hijack the plane, according to NBC.

According to NBC sources, the man had slept through most of the flight and the crew on board said nothing out of the ordinary happened during the flight and they were never in any danger.

Alaska Airlines has confirmed that it was Flight 819, but otherwise has not tweeted about the incident.

If this was a prank, it wasn’t funny.

  • Rick Stones

    If the psycho who did this targeted a particular person onboard, I’m guessing the FBI already knows who did it… Wouldn’t want to be that guy right now.

  • nc

    If the Defense budget is cut the full amount in sequestration, would we still be able to afford services like this?

  • dmacleo

    federal offense.
    MANY federal offenses actually.

  • BeeKaaay

    Wait. I saw this on TV. This is a re-run of something on TV.