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Yesterday, Breeze Airways flight MX717 between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) was forced to divert to Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) after around an hour in flight.
The plane made an emergency landing and two people were arrested as other passengers overheard an alleged bomb threat being made during an argument. One passenger reported that a man and woman were arguing before the plane took off. He wanted to get off the plane and mentioned the word “bomb” at some point during the scuffle. This was enough for the captain to divert the plane out of an abundance of caution.
Passenger, Rachael Corrigan, told News4JAX:
The people were talking about or claiming the other person had a bomb during their fight. The people around them heard the word bomb, reported it to the airline, and they’re obligated to land the plane.”
Video footage showed the man apologizing to his fellow passengers as he was being arrested. The flight was cancelled around 8:00 PM and passengers were told that the flight would not takeoff the next afternoon. The couple will likely face federal criminal charges and will most likely be banned from flying on Breeze Airways.
Anthony’s Take: Bomb is a word that should never be spoken on a plane regardless of the situation. This couple’s selfish behavior caused a huge delay for all of the other passengers.
(Featured Image Credit: News4JAX.)
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