According to the spokesperson, Thomas Topousis, the decision was made by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI and the Port Authority Police Department.
According to a statement from the Port Authority on Saturday, the Republican Airlines flight was American Airlines Flight 4817 and was evacuated on arrival “in response to a passenger’s report of a passenger’s suspicious and bizarre behavior.”
Republic Airlines said on Saturday that law enforcement officers and first responders encountered the plane and the “passengers involved” had been detained.
Topsis said on Sunday that the initial report of the passenger’s suspicious behavior was made by other passengers on the plane and was not an assessment made by the authorities to prompt the crew to take action.
According to a statement from the airline, the plane declared a state of emergency on Saturday, “in response to passenger behavior near the end of the flight.”
Topsis told CNN that during the flight, the passengers once told the Port Authority police that the passengers were scared when they reached out for their luggage. He added that there were 76 passengers and 6 crew members on board.
The tweet said: “Earlier incidents involving destructive American Airlines/Republic Airlines passengers and evacuated passengers have been resolved.”
A passenger described what happened
According to an earlier statement by the Port Authority, early Saturday, the pilot issued an alert to the local authorities about the incident. When the plane landed on the runway, “the plane exited the runway to evacuate the passengers on the passenger plane.”
The Port Authority added that investigators interviewed the passenger who was allegedly behaving suspiciously and several passengers closest to the person to learn more about what happened on the flight.
FDNY told CNN that the Port Authority Police Department called the New York City Fire Department to assist in the emergency landing of a plane.
Indianapolis resident Laura Bergdoll and her 7-year-old son were on the plane. She told CNN that as soon as the plane landed, “the pilots and flight attendants started yelling,’Evacuate! Evacuate!’ We all got off the plane.”
According to a statement by TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz, the Transportation Security Administration stated that Saturday’s incident was “an example of a’seeing something, saying something’ situation”.
The passengers reported to the crew that they had seen suspicious behavior on the plane. The crew then notified the captain, who then “taken precautions to stay away from the terminal,” Koshetz said.
Koshetz added that the New York Port Authority police, along with the explosive ordnance disposal team and the K-9 team, responded to the incident and cleared the situation.