Aviation operations at the Spokane International Airport in Washington were suspended after a bomb threat was made by a passenger on a flight from Atlanta to Seattle, according to reports.

Alaska Airlines stated that the flight, Alaska Airlines Flight 334, was diverted to Spokane as a precaution after a male passenger made a direct threat on board. Following this, a ground stop was issued at the airport.

“There was a security incident this afternoon involving Alaska Airlines Flight 334 from Atlanta to Seattle. A male guest made a direct threat to the safety of our aircraft to one of our flight attendants,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement. “Consistent with security procedures, local and federal law enforcement were immediately notified and met the aircraft when it arrived.”

According to Spokane Airport spokesperson Todd Woodard, Airport Police have one person in custody and other passengers confirmed witnessing someone being escorted away in handcuffs.

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A far view of the airport

The Spokane International Airport suspended aviation operations following a bomb threat on July 5, 2023. (Spokane International Airport)

Alaska Airlines confirmed that the flight, with 177 passengers and 6 crew members on board, landed safely in Spokane at 5:15 p.m. P.T. All passengers were then evacuated safely.

“We appreciate their patience and understanding during this situation. We are working to get them to Seattle, their original destination, as quickly as possible. We are grateful for the professionalism and care of our flight attendants and pilots throughout this incident,” the airline stated.

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