Passengers removed from flight following suspicious activity report

LINTHICUM, Md. (AP)The latest on four passengers who were removed from a flight in Maryland after a report of suspicious behavior. (All times local):

2 p.m.

Police say four people were removed from a plane in Maryland after a passenger reported what she believed was suspicious behavior have been released without charges.

First Sgt. Jonathan Green is a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. He says a passenger on Spirit Airlines Flight 969 was watching a media report on his smart phone Tuesday morning, and this report caused the passenger next to him “some concern.”

Green says the passenger alerted a flight attendant and the crew decided to return the plane, which was taxiing to the runway, to the gate. Green says the captain asked police to remove three men and a woman from the plane.

Green says all four were released without charges after a few hours. He described them as a husband, wife and relative traveling together and a third man who was sitting near them.

9:45 a.m.

Authorities say four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after a passenger reported suspicious behavior as the plane taxied to the runway.

Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green said Tuesday that Spirit Airlines flight 969 was taxiing Tuesday morning when the crew decided to return to the gate. He says that the captain asked police to remove three men and a woman from the plane and that police are investigating.

Spirit Airlines spokesman Stephen Schuler says “a passenger alerted a flight attendant of a passenger engaged in suspicious activity on board.” He says that once Transportation Security Administration cleared the plane and luggage, the flight departed after 9 a.m. It had been scheduled to leave at 6.

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