Southwest Airlines on Friday said a bomb threat made on Twitter for a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles did not turn out to be credible. The flight landed safely without any incident at Los Angeles International airport, an airline spokesperson said.
A tweet sent Friday afternoon to Southwest threatened to blow up Flight 2757 while it was en route from SFO to LAX unless the person received $40,000 in their PayPal account.
Someone with the account handle @dhcjenxhhehdjs tweeted at Southwest saying he had a bomb on the flight:. “Yo @SouthwestAir, I have a bomb on Flight 2757 from SFO to LAX if I don’t receive $40,000 in my PayPal in the next 20 minutes the plane goes boom."
“We have a thorough process for reviewing threats made on social media,” Southwest spokesperson Emily Samuels said. “This particular threat was deemed not credible and the flight has landed safely on the ground at LAX.”
It appears Twitter suspended the account almost immediately after the alert popped up on Dataminr at 12:18 p.m. The account tweeted back at a number of people who called him out for the tweet before being suspended.