Passengers from Delta flight 1223 from Atlanta to Jacksonville, Florida were held on their plane in Jacksonville for 3 hours in the middle of the night after landing, and then questioned for over an hour after that, after the FAA received a bomb threat.
The flight took off just before 11:30 p.m. from Atlanta on Friday night and arrived in Florida an hour later. Passengers were told that a ‘maintenance issue’ would keep them from taxiing to their gate at first in response to a threat that had been received only about 10 minutes earlier.
Quickly a decision was made to send the aircraft to a far end of the airport rather than allowing it to get close to the terminal. In other words, the goal was to protect everyone but those on board the plane.
After about an hour 30 police hours boarded the aircraft to conduct a search, with everyone still on board. Passengers were kept on the plane which law enforcement believed might contain a bomb for a total of three hours. They didn’t want to let anyone off, of course, because they didn’t want anyone carrying the bomb with them.
It was better, apparently, to keep everyone exposed and at-risk to an explosive than to search everyone individually as they left – something that still happened anyway in the airport’s customs facility after the aircraft was cleared. Passengers were finally let go around 4:45 a.m.
We are aware of a security incident at JAX, and access is restricted at the terminal. If you are picking up a passenger, you can meet them at the @JAXDoubleTree on airport property.
— JAXairport (@JAXairport) June 5, 2021
No word, however, on whether passengers were given DoubleTree cookies.