By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana’s Transport Minister Robeson Benn while updating the National Assembly on the threat made to a Caribbean Airlines flight (484) out of the country’s main airport – Cheddi Jagan International Airport – on Monday (February 10), revealed that the caller had a Trinidadian accent.
Does this mean the caller was a Trinidadian? This is yet to be ascertained, however Benn said the relevant authorities are working to determine where the threat emanated from, who made the threat exactly and the nature and purpose of same.
iNews understands that the terror threat emanated from Barbados.
The flight departed Guyana, though delayed and landed safely at the Miami International Airport, according to the Minister. He said there was however a 13 percent reduction in travel on the specific flight as a result of cancellations.
Benn told the House that on Friday last (February 7) a call was made to the Caribbean Airlines base in Barbados where the threat was made. He added that officials at the highest level in Guyana and Trinidad were alerted and measures were put in place for heightened security.
He assured that the stepped up security (100% screening and spotting) will remain for the next few days until the threat is no longer deemed valid.
The United States have since advised its citizens in Guyana not to travel on any CAL flights on Monday through Wednesday.