Police: ‘Suspicious activity’ on Chicago-bound plane was just someone watching …

17 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Suspicious’ Activity Aboard Spirit Jet? Someone Watching News on a Phone.

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) — Four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Tuesday morning after a passenger reported suspicious behavior as the plane taxied to the runway, officials said. Some have noticed an uptick in allegations of suspicious activity against Muslims, such as what occurred on a plane bound for Chicago from Baltimore Tuesday morning. Jonathan Green, a spokesman with the Maryland Transportation Authority, told the Baltimore Sun the ”suspicious activity” noticed by a fellow passenger, which put the crew on alert and forced the plane to return to the gate, was someone watching a news report on a cell phone. Spirit Airlines flight 969, destined for O’Hare International Airport, had just left the gate when a woman and child got up from their seats and headed for the back of the plane as it was taxiing, according to a WJLA reporter aboard.

After the plane was evacuated, luggage was removed from the aircraft and investigated by a bomb-sniffing K-9 on the tarmac, according to WBAL’s Sky Team. David Rocca told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he and fellow passengers were told that security officials would come on the plane and that they should stay seated. After the suspicious passengers were removed, the other passengers were deplaned for a security check by the TSA, and the flight was cleared to take off around 8:45 a.m.; it arrived behind schedule at about 10 a.m. Rocca said he was one of the several passengers who left the flight because they had connecting flights in Chicago the delay would cause them to miss.

Authorities are looking into what exactly raised a red flag on the flight, but initial security checks of the passengers’ baggage turned up nothing suspicious. For some people, “what happened” may be an incident of targeting those who appear to be Muslims or of Middle Eastern descent, the Independent noted.

Ibrahim Cooper, the spokesman for the country’s Council on Islamic-American-Islamic Relations, said he’s noticed more people of supposed Middle-Eastern descent being targeted. “Unfortunately, I think we’re going to see more and more of this.

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