NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A flight leaving Newark Liberty International Airport was delayed Saturday morning for additional security screenings.
It happened after a bomb scare forced the evacuation of their plane.READ MORE: 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Wins Big As Broadway Celebrates The 74th Annual Tony Awards
The JetBlue flight was stopped just before takeoff.
Sources tell CBS2 that two flight attendants alerted pilots after a picture of a man in a suicide vest showed up on their phones through iPhone airdrop.
The airline released the following statement in response to the incident:READ MORE: Police Seize 7 Vans Allegedly Used As Airbnb Rentals In Manhattan
“JetBlue flight 573 scheduled to depart this morning from Newark to Tampa has been delayed for additional security screenings out of an abundance of caution. Local law enforcement is on site and we are working to get customers on their way to Tampa as soon as possible.”
The plane taxied to a remote area, where all 150 passengers were deplaned and bussed back to the terminal.
All bags on the plane were removed and searched.MORE NEWS: Woman Accused Of Telling Black Couple At Brooklyn Dog Park, 'Stay In Your Hood'
Passengers were re-screened, and the plane took off around noon.