Bomb Threat Temporarily Scuttles Seaplane Airline Service

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The world's largest floatplane-based airline was left high and dry for several hours last week after an anonymous caller threatened to send one of its aircraft to the bottom of Georgia Strait with a bomb. Harbour Air, which flies float-equipped Otters and Twin Otters between the harbors of Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, as well as some other communities, suspended operations to search its 60 aircraft, leaving 300 passengers temporarily stranded. The threat came in just as passengers were ready to board the popular 7 a.m. commuter flights. "Once the threat was phoned in we followed our emergency procedures and ceased operations," Harbour Air spokesman Chad Wetsch told the Vancouver Sun. Harbour Air's 15- to 30-minute flights between cities on the mainland and Vancouver Island are a popular alternative to the car ferries that serve the routes, particularly for business people.