A Spirit Airlines Flight 971 from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International to Dallas-Fort Worth was delayed over six hours when an overseen text message led to the evacuation of passengers.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, as the flight boarded around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, a passenger reported seeing a text message on the phone of another passenger possibly referencing a bomb.
Both passengers were removed from the plane by BSO deputies, then interviewed by FBI agents.
The plane was inspected and cleared. No arrests were made.
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This all pushed the flight’s departure from the scheduled 8:15 p.m. to 2:34 a.m. Monday, according to FlightAware.com. It landed at Dallas-Fort Worth at 4:04 a.m. local time.