Last updated: 10:34 AM ET, Mon October 31 2016

Spirit Airlines Flight Delayed in Florida Due to Possible Bomb Threat

Impacting Travel Donald Wood October 31, 2016

Spirit Airlines Flight Delayed in Florida Due to Possible Bomb Threat

Photo: A Spirit Airlines plane landing. (Courtesy of Spirit Airlines)

On Sunday, a Spirit Airlines plane was evacuated at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a bomb threat was reportedly received.

According to, Spirit Airlines Flight 71 was preparing to take off from Fort Lauderdale en route to Dallas, Texas, when the pilot was forced to declare an emergency evacuation for the plane. One of the passengers on the plane—Autumn Lynn—managed to capture the evacuation on Facebook and commented about the situation to

“So we’ve been evacuated and all of our stuff is on the plane,” Lynn said in a statement. “They pulled the man out of his seat and ripped him off the plane. He was an older man, unfortunately Middle Eastern descent. So this is what’s going on.”

The Broward County Sheriff's Office sent deputies to the plane and reportedly escorted the unidentified man from the flight. The sheriff’s department then checked and cleared the aircraft for any evidence of explosive devices.

While a Spirit Airlines spokesperson said the company was, “working through it,” Lynn complained about how the airline handled the situation. She said Spirit was “doing nothing for us since no ‘natural disasters’ occurred.” She went on to say the airline gave them stale cookies and told them to sit down until they were permitted back on the plane.

Following the incident, the plane which was originally scheduled to take off at 8:15 p.m. local time did not depart until 2:30 a.m. local time Monday morning.