Southwest Airlines Jet Searched after Bomb Threats

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Authorities at Kansas City International Airport searched a Southwest Airlines jetliner Thursday after receiving two telephoned bomb threats, but no explosives were found.

Joe McBride, a spokesman for the Aviation Department, said the first threat came in around 2:45 p.m. and did not mention a specific airline. The second threat was phoned in shortly after that, McBride said, and specifically mentioned Southwest flight 1143.

The Boeing 737, which arrived in Kansas City from Tampa, Fla., with 107 passengers and crew, was steered to a remote location. Passengers were taken by bus to a screening area.

The airport police's dog team was brought in to check the airplane and luggage, McBride said, and the threat was declared a false alarm shortly before 5:30 p.m.