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03/12/2012 11:09 am ET

Bomb Threat Diverts Chicago-Bound JetBlue Flight To Buffalo

A JetBlue flight en route to Chicago from Boston was diverted to Buffalo Monday due to a bomb threat, reports local NBC affiliate WGRZ.

Flight 923 was diverted arounded 8 a.m. after the airline received a phone call about a passenger that might have a bomb, according to The Wall Street Journal.

In a statement, JetBlue confirmed there was a "security issue" and that the flight had landed safely in Buffalo, where authorities were waiting. All passengers and luggage were removed from the aircraft and dogs inspected the plane.

TSA spokesman Greg Soule told WCVB Channel 5 in Boston that "the flight was diverted 'at the request of the flight crew because of a telephonic bomb threat' and has 'been cleared of any possible threats.'"

A female passenger is being questioned by law enforcement

At the beginning of March, a bomb threat at Denver International Airport caused the evacuation of a plane. Nothing suspicious was found.

Other such calls have proved to be simple hoaxes. In September 2011, a New York woman called in a fake bomb threat because she did not want her family flying near the September 11 anniversary. And, in 2010 a Russian woman alerted a Moscow airport to a fake threat in an attempt to thwart her daughter's wedding plans.

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