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Several People Removed From Plane at BWI After Being Delayed for Hours

Four people were removed from the flight.

A Spirit Airlines flight returned to the gate at Baltimore-Washington International airport Nov. 17 where four passengers were removed from the flight. (Image source: WJLA)

Passengers aboard a Spirit Airlines flight scheduled to depart Baltimore-Washington International airport Tuesday morning were made to deplane as law enforcement officials removed several people from the flight.

According to WJLA reporter Suzanne Kennedy, who was on the plane at the time, four people were removed from flight NK969 to Chicago. Those four people, three men and one woman, appeared to be in their early 30s, were of Middle Eastern decent and had backpacks, Kennedy said on Twitter.

Kennedy reported that the woman got up with a small child and headed to the bathrooms as the plane taxied for take off.

A federal law enforcement official told WJLA that the flight crew was not comfortable with a few passengers on board and asked for them to be removed.

A Spirit Airlines flight returned to the gate at Baltimore-Washington International airport Nov. 17 where four passengers were removed from the flight. (Image source: WJLA/ABC7)

Spirit Airlines credited Tuesday's delay to "law enforcement activity" in a statement to TheBlaze.

"While the aircraft was taxiing to the runway, a passenger alerted a flight attendant of a passenger engaged in suspicious activity on board. The flight attendant notified the captain, and out of an abundance of caution, the plane returned to the gate," Stephen Schuler, spokesman for Spirit Airlines, said in a statement to TheBlaze. "Law enforcement officers removed four passengers from the plane for questioning."

Schuler said the aircraft and luggage were screened by TSA prior to taking off around 8:30 a.m. — more than two hours after its original 6 a.m. departure schedule.

The incident is still under investigation.

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