AA Flight Canceled After “Security Event” At DFW Airport

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An American Airlines flight bound for Washington D.C. from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport was canceled Wednesday before ever leaving the ground. It happened after a “security event” occurred and two men were removed from the plane.

The incident meant everyone on Flight 1316 had to start over.

“The security concern cropped up,” explained American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith. “Authorities ultimately decided that all the passengers needed to be deplaned, their carry-ons, their regular checked bags and the aircraft itself, all needed to be rescreened.”

Smith said two men on the flight were somehow deemed suspicious, but it wasn’t because of any action they’d taken.

“There were some passengers onboard who drew the attention of others onboard,” Smith said. “It was something that was observational, as opposed to something anyone said, or anything like that.”

Smith said he couldn’t give specific information about the incident, but stressed that airline and airport personnel are skilled and qualified to handle emergency situations.

“Our crews and others that are onboard the aircraft are always trained for any type of behavior that is out of the ordinary or in some way suspicious,” he said. “There are elements of that that come into play everyday, a lot of people just aren’t aware of it.”

After an unknown period of time the two men removed from the plane were cleared and released without being charged.

All of the 140 passengers on Flight 1316, bound for Washington National Airport, were booked onto other flights.

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  • Bill Fisher

    More victims of the absurd DHS “See something say something” program. This agency is a colossal disaster and needs to be heavily reformed or dismantled.

    There was never any threat except for the paranoia being created by DHS and TSA in an effort to justify their miserable existence. There needs to be an investigation into this outrageous waste of resources and customer’s time and the TSA employees responsible need to be fired.

    So what if people begin to report “suspicious activity” on half of the flights? The airlines could easily become paralyzed as a result of DHS inspired paranoia.

    There needs to be security, but there also need to be limits. It is not a security at any price proposition. If that is the case then just shut down the airlines.
    TSA and DHS are mainly interested in getting stupid Americans to agree with their fear mongering so that they can justify their bloated budgets to Congress. DHS and TSA both need to be shut down and security returned to the FBI and FAA where it belongs.

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