Passenger delays takeoff of D/FW-Guatemala flight

D/FW incident

Credit: WFAA

Several police vehicles surrounded an American Airlines jet parked at a gate at Terminal D on Monday evening.

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Posted on December 3, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 2:49 PM

D/FW AIRPORT — Police cars surrounded an American Airlines jet at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday evening after the pilot asked for a security check.

An airline spokesperson told News 8 that a passenger on Flight 2137 to Guatemala City stood up in the cabin and said he wanted to get off as the plane with 150 passengers aboard was pushing back from Terminal D shortly before 5 p.m.

The passenger, a 23-year-old Guatemala citizen, then reportedly told the cabin crew that he had an "issue" with a bag in the luggage compartment.

The passenger's statement "was interpreted as potentially serious," said D/FW Airport spokesman David Magaña. "The comments were reported to the pilot, who decided to return to the gate for an aircraft search."

The passenger was removed from the plane along with his luggage. Magaña said nothing was found in the bag. The passenger will be questioned by federal authorities.

The plane was rescheduled and finally departed for Guatemala City at 7:41 p.m. following a delay of more than two hours and 40 minutes. Magaña said there were no other flight disruptions associated with the incident.

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