They AirDropped A Suicide Photo To Two Flight Attendants And The JetBlue Plane Was Evacuated And Departure Delayed

Nikki Morris WHAT TO KNOW Two flight attendants received a photo of a suicide vest or someone wearing a suicide vest, leading to the evacuation of a JetBlue plane...

Photo of Suicide Vest Led to Evacuation of JetBlue Plane at Newark Airport: Sources
Nikki Morris

WHAT TO KNOW

  • Two flight attendants received a photo of a suicide vest or someone wearing a suicide vest, leading to the evacuation of a JetBlue plane

  • JetBlue Flight 573 to Tampa was about to take off around 7:20 a.m. at Newark Airport when the flight attendants saw the photo

  • The plane returned to the gate, and 150 passengers were deplaned onto the tarmac via airstairs

A photo of a suicide vest or someone wearing a suicide vest led to the evacuation of a JetBlue flight at Newark Airport on Saturday morning, sources told NBC 4 New York.

The photo was airdropped to two flight attendants, who told the captain, the sources said. AirDrop is a way to transfer photos between Apple devices.

JetBlue Flight 573 was about to take off to Tampa around 7:20 a.m. when the flight attendants received the photo.

The plane returned to the gate, and 150 passengers were deplaned onto the tarmac via air stairs, according to the Port Authority.

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“Out of an abundance of caution,” the plane was moved to remote area and passengers were deplaned and bused to the terminal, a spokesman said. He said the passengers and luggage would be rescreened.

The flight ended up departing Newark at 11:27 a.m. after going through additional security screenings, and was scheduled to arrive in Tampa at 1:54 p.m., JetBlue said in a statement.

No other flights were delayed.

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