A security threat on Monday evening kept a JetBlue airliner from taking off from Boston Logan International Airport, authorities said.
JetBlue flight 321, scheduled to fly to West Palm Beach, Florida, was forced to return to the gate before takeoff at about 9 p.m. due to a “security situation,” according to Sebastian White, a spokesman for JetBlue Airways.
One passenger, Eve D’Amato, said in an interview that the plane was on the runway, ready for take off, when the captain came on the radio to say the plane had to return to the gate.
The captain explained that an online Tweet had made a threat against that particular flight, D’Amato said.
Once at the gate, the approximately 135 passengers were returned to the terminal and officials began searching baggage, she said. The search turned up nothing deemed hazardous, according to a statement released by State Police.
The incident meant that the dozens of passengers had lost their chance to get out of the Boston before the airport was to close due to the snow storm.
The captain told passengers they had “missed the window to fly” out of the airport, according to D’Amato.
“It’s just amazing that some idiot can tweet this out and stop a whole flight,” D’Amato said. “It looks like we won’t fly until Sunday because of the snow.”
Passengers were offered a refund for the flight, State Police said.
Similar threats had been sent to other airlines in recent days, White said.M.G. Lee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @m_g_lee.