A threat aboard a United Airlines aircraft prompted a massive emergency response that shut down Vermont’s international airport for about three hours before authorities determined the plane to be safe. The threat was made Sunday afternoon on a flight from Newark, New Jersey, to the Burlington International Airport. After landing, the plane was taken to a separate area on the tarmac. Authorities searched the plane and its 65 passengers with bomb-sniffing dogs. The passengers were able to deplane after sitting on the tarmac for almost two hours. Video showed emergency personnel lining up the baggage on the ground in front of the aircraft before searching each piece. Passengers were taken into a hangar. The airport was closed for about three hours and no incoming flights were canceled. The airplane’s crew was able to rest overnight and depart on their regular schedule Monday morning.
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