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Two removed from Boston-bound flight amid crew concerns

Two people were removed from a Boston-bound flight from Washington Sunday afternoon after an American Airlines crew reported concerns about their behavior, an incident that caused a brief, pre-flight evacuation of the plane, officials said.

The two passengers were questioned before being cleared to travel a later flight. No charges have been filed, according to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police.

American Airlines Flight 2124 was scheduled to leave Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport at 3:30 p.m., but was delayed by the incident. American Airlines did not elaborate on the behavior that spurred the crew's suspicions.

After the crew cleared the plane of passengers, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority officers arrived with a K-9 unit, police spokesman Jonathon Freye said. The passengers were instructed to leave their carry-on items onboard during the investigation.


Police found nothing out of the ordinary, Freye said, and the aircraft reboarded with 115 passengers. Flight 2124 departed at 5:16 p.m. and arrived at Logan Airport at 6:43 p.m., according to an American Airlines flight tracker.

MWAA police questioned the two passengers and were in contact with the FBI, Freye said. According to American Airlines, they were accommodated on another flight.

Erica Moser can be reached at erica.moser@globe.com.