At Orlando Airport, a 10-year-old passenger’s prank prompted a police response.
When operating employees at Orlando International Airport (MCO) received a report from Alaska Airlines workers that there was a possible disturbance onboard flight 16, which departed Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) at 09:15 local time, the flight was diverted to Orlando International Airport (MCO).
According to federal authorities, a 10-year-old passenger on the flight used AirDrop to communicate with another passenger.
The letter contained information that prompted Alaska Airlines to contact law enforcement officials, who awaited the plane’s arrival at Orlando International Airport.
According to passengers on the flight, the jet sat on the tarmac for approximately an hour before police removed a family off the plane.
Alaska Airlines released the following statement regarding the incident: “After Alaska Airlines flight 16 from Seattle landed in Orlando, it parked remotely because of a potential threat that was later deemed non-credible.
Police boarded and cleared the aircraft. The plane continued to its gate and passengers deplaned as normal. We take safety seriously and we apologize for the inconvenience to our guests.”
There were no arrests made.