Four passengers were removed from a Spirit Airlines Inc. flight at Baltimore’s airport Tuesday after “suspicious activity” on the plane was reported, according to the airline.
Spirit Airlines Flight 969 from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport was stopped before it took off at 6 a.m., Reuters reports. “While the aircraft was taxiing to the runway, a passenger alerted a flight attendant of a passenger engaged in suspicious activity on board,” Spirit said in a statement.
The flight attendant proceeded to notify the captain and “out of an abundance of caution, the plane returned to the gate,” Stephen Schuler, Spirit Airlines spokesman, said.
Law enforcement officers removed four passengers from the plane to be questioned. The passengers included three men and one woman.
Officials would not say what the suspicious activity consisted of, according to Washington Post.
First Sgt. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said that the passengers had not been arrested or charged with any crime. “They were removed from the aircraft at the captain’s request,” Green said. “They were taken to the station for questioning.”
One of those passengers was released from questioning at 10 a.m.
The rest of the passengers were asked to leave the plane for a short period, the airline said. The plane and luggage were cleared by the Transportation Security Administration.
TSA spokesman said Bruce Anderson were aware of the incident and “monitoring it.” However, he said they referred all questions to local authorities.
He added that the details of the “suspicious activity” will reveal themselves “in the investigation.”