Threats lead to investigation of two Phoenix bound Southwest flights

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- Authorities were investigating after getting threats targeting two Southwest Airlines flights headed from California to Phoenix.

According to the FBI, Southwest Flight 1184 was placed on an isolation pad at Sky Harbor Airport and passengers had to be re-screened.

A search of the plane was also conducted and nothing suspicious was found.

There was a non-specific phone threat regarding Flight 1184 originally inbound from Orange County en- route to Tulsa.

The FBI (Joint Terrorism Task Force) and the Phoenix Police Department were on the scene conducting an investigation.

Meantime, Authorities in Santa Ana, Calif. are investigating a bomb threat involving a plane at John Wayne Airport in Southern California.

Orange County sheriff's Lt. Joe Balicki tells the Orange County Register that the threat was received at about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday and the plane is being held in isolation at the airport.

The exact nature of the threat or how authorities received it was not immediately clear.

An airport spokeswoman says the flight involved was Southwest Airlines Flight 811. It was scheduled to go to Phoenix.

Balicki says the plane was getting ready to taxi from the gate and authorities managed to stop it and isolate it.

Balicki says authorities are preparing to evacuate the passengers from the plane and are bringing in a bomb squad to investigate.