TAMPA, Fla. — Passengers on a Saturday morning JetBlue flight from Newark to Tampa had a rude wake-up call.
Port Authority Police began surrounding the plane after passengers were told there was a mechanical problem. Some even had machine guns.
Passengers said Port Authority Police eventually boarded flight 573 after someone apparently used AirDrop to send a photo to multiple flight attendants of what appeared to be a suicide vest.
“They announced there were some technical issues with the plane and we sat there for a good hour and I started getting very worried,” 16-year-old Bianca Mojica who was the passengers on board Saturday’s flight said.
She said as more and more police surrounded the airplane, passengers became concerned.
“I got scared and we got into a bus,” Mojica recalled. “We saw K-9s and all these police officers and it made me worried and I thought there was something dangerous on the plane.”
After more than five hours of security sweeps and waiting, passengers were finally allowed to reboard the plane. Mojica said the ordeal has her worried about taking future flights. “Not by myself at least.”
Other passengers seemed grateful to make it home safely.
Passenger Nikki Morris Facebook Lived the incident.
“On the bright side nothing happened while we were on our flight,” said Morris on her Facebook video.
The flight landed safely in Tampa shortly after 2 p.m.
No word yet on if anyone is facing charges.
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