- The text came from a teenager, who sent a picture of an airsoft gun to passengers on the plane through Airdrop, the iPhone feature that allows people to share photos and documents through Bluetooth.
Why was a United flight evacuated?
The flight — which was traveling from San Francisco International Airport to Orlando — was ready for takeoff and was prepared to leave the gate. It had already faced multiple delays before the text message incident, according to SF Gate.
- Passengers received the AirDrop message, though, which sparked confusion and worry throughout the cabin, according to KNTV.
Doug Yakel, a spokesperson for the airport, said the teenager did not have that airsoft gun on him, and that the photo was taken before the flight, according to Fox News.
- The flight was evacuated “out of an abundance of caution,” Yakel told KNTV.
- “United flight 2167 departing from San Francisco to Orlando was delayed due to a security issue involving a customer on board,” United Airlines told Fox News. “Law enforcement officials were notified and our teams are working with them to review this matter. As a precaution, all customers deplaned and were rescreened before the flight departed.”