Suspicious Package Found On Plane At Newark Liberty

Newark Airport

Newark Airport

Passengers were evacuated from a plane at Newark Liberty International Airport Saturday morning after a suspicious item was found, Port Authority police said.

The plane had been about to take off for Tampa around 7:20 a.m. when two flight attendants received the photo on their Apple devices.

The 150 passengers were taken to an airport terminal, the spokesman said. He would not disclose the specific item spotted by the flight attendant.

Passengers said Port Authority Police eventually boarded flight 573 after someone apparently AirDropped a photo to multiple flight attendants of what appeared to be a suicide vest. "We saw K-9's and all these police officers and it made me anxious and I thought there was something unsafe on the plane".

The flight ended up departing Newark at 11:27am, but there were no reports of any major flight delays at Newark as a result of the incident.

Flight 1203 departed Newark around 6 a.m. Sunday and was supposed to land in Santo Domingo by 10 a.m., according to JetBlue's flight tracker tool.

"The aircraft will be inspected before returning to service, and flight 1203 will continue to Santo Domingo on a different aircraft", the JetBlue spokesperson said.

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