Passengers aboard a Spirit Airlines flight on Sunday night were evacuated from the plane due to a possible bomb threat.
Officials say the flight was sitting on the tarmac waiting to take-off from Fort Lauderdale International Airport when a man looked over at another passenger’s cell phone and saw an alarming text message.
The text message the man reportedly sent said “The bombs are ready.”
Autumn Lynn, a passenger on the flight, said a man sitting three rows behind her started screaming for a flight attendant.
“We are about to take off and three rows behind me there is a man of Middle Eastern descent that sent a message from his phone which said “the bombs are ready,” she said in a Facebook Live video.
In the video the pilot says: “Everything’s fine, remain calm. We are coordinating with the fire department who are going to come and do a scan and make sure everyone is safe. Please be patient, it’s no big deal, its routine for them.”
Both the man who alerted the flight attendants and the passenger in question were removed from the plane.
“They pulled the man off the plane, he was an older man, of Middle Eastern descent,” Lynn said.
“They ripped him out of the seat and dragged him off the plane.”
The plane was set for take-off at 8.15pm on Sunday, and eventually departed at 2.30am on Monday for Dallas/Fort Worth Airport after the Broward Sheriff’s Office confirmed the aircraft was checked and cleared.
Lynn’s Facebook Live video can be seen below:
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