NEWARK, N.J. — A JetBlue flight was evacuated at Newark Liberty International Airport Saturday morning after a flight attendant saw a “suspicious item,” NJ.com is reporting.
According to the New Jersey outlet, a Port Authority spokesperson confirmed that authorities were investigating after the flight attendant on JetBlue flight 573 noticed the item and called authorities around 7:45 a.m. Saturday.
JetBlue flight 573 was originally supposed to depart Newark at 6:10 a.m. and arrive at Tampa International Airport just before 9 a.m., according to the airline’s flight tracking system.
JetBlue released a statement Saturday morning confirming the delay, saying flight 573 was “delayed for additional security screenings out of an abundance of caution.”
According to a tweet from a passenger on the flight, as well as multiple reports, a suspicious photo of explosives was sent via AirDrop to one or more crew members, causing the evacuation.
The airline also said the flight successfully departed Newark at 11:27 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Tampa at 1:54 p.m.
Twitter user @theamazingtoby said his wife, Nikki Morris, was on the flight and reposted photos she took on Twitter of the plan with luggage removed and sitting on the airport tarmac.
Port Authority police vehicles can also be seen around the plane in the photos.AlertMe