FBI Deems DFW Flight Threat as ‘Non-Credible’

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An alleged threat aboard an American Airlines flight on Sunday that led to the plane’s evacuation was deemed “non-credible” following an FBI investigation of the matter.

A 179-passenger American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to New Mexico had to be evacuated Sunday due to an undisclosed security threat, authorities said.

“American Airlines flight 928 from Dallas Fort Worth to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) was met by law enforcement upon arrival at ABQ due to a security concern,” an American Airlines spokesperson told CBS News.

“The aircraft landed safely and without incident, and customers deplaned the aircraft using airstairs before being bussed to the terminal,” the representative continued.

Although FBI officials deem the threat non-credible, an investigation of the incident led to a temporary shutdown of one of the airport’s three runways. Passengers flying out of Sunport experienced brief flight delays while the incident was being investigated.

“Safety and security are our top priorities, and we thank our customers for their cooperation and our team members for their professionalism. For more information, please contact the FBI,” the spokesperson said.

Passengers aboard the flight were required to deplane and go through TSA screening inside the airport before being allowed back onto the airplane to collect their belongings, the spokesperson said, adding that no injuries were reported from the incident.

The American Airlines incident on Sunday comes less than a week after the carrier’s cross-country flight from Miami International Airport to Los Angeles had to be diverted to El Paso International Airport following a “disturbance in the cabin featuring an unruly passenger,” according to American Airlines spokesperson Derek Walls.

According to Yahoo News’ Justin Rohrlich, an unruly female passenger aboard Flight 1295 allegedly rushed another passenger, repeating “repent, repent, we’re all gonna die,” in a raised voice, and then reportedly began repeating, “redemption is coming!”

The passenger was restrained by in-flight staff, and no dangerous materials were found during a subsequent search of the plane.

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