Last updated: 10:58 PM ET, Sun November 15 2015

‘Suspicious Individuals’ Just Take the Next Flight

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | November 15, 2015

‘Suspicious Individuals’ Just Take the Next Flight

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The flight crew sees suspicious people just before takeoff. They report this to the airline, which requests that all passengers deplane. Airport police take the seemingly shifty people in for questioning while officers and K9 dog teams sweep the plane. Nothing is found. Passengers re-board and the plane takes off.

Released from questioning, what are these newly-minted “non-suspicious” individuals to do?

They take the next flight.

That’s exactly what happened in Washington D.C. Sunday evening.

American Airlines requested that Flight 2124, scheduled to fly to Boston from Reagan National Airport, be deplaned “after the crew reported suspicious activity from two individuals,” the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) told the Washington Post.

And yes, the K9 team found nothing; the individuals were released from questioning, and did not reboard the flight.

The Post said, “it was not clear what brought the two to the crew’s attention,” but did mention “heightened security concerns” after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

American Airlines said the two passengers "will be re-accommodated on a later flight" to Boston, Fox 5 DC reported.

Citing flight-tracking data, the Post said Flight 2124 left National two hours late at 5:30 p.m., and arrived at the Logan International Airport gate at 6:43 p.m.


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