On Saturday, CNN reported that two passenger planes had been escorted by fighter jet to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to be searched, the result of an online bomb threat military officials "deemed credible." It soon became clear, however, the threat came from a source most of us would treat pretty skeptically: some dumb tweets from an obvious troll.
As BuzzFeed, The Verge and others reported, the threat was apparently made by the Twitter account @kingZortic, which, by playing coy, got Delta Airlines to flesh out a key detail about the supposed bomb.
At 6 p.m., an FBI representative announced that bomb squads and canine units were unable to find anything suspicious on either plane. "We haven't found anything at this point," Special Britt Johnson told reporters. "Nothing's been found."
Of course, in an age where murderers sometimes brag about their crimes on social media, taking online threats seriously makes a degree of sense. But that doesn't make it any less depressing when NORAD scrambles F-16s over terrorists like this: