A passenger on board a Republic Airways plane from Indianapolis was detained on the tarmac of LaGuardia Airport shortly after the plane landed on Saturday afternoon.
The pilot had to announce an emergency landing and the plane was stopped on the taxiway from its designated gate at around 3 p.m. after another passenger reported the man’s suspicious and misbehavior, officials said.
“This was in response to reports by passengers of suspicious and uncertain behavior by a fellow passenger,” said Thomas Toposis, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.
Videos posted on social media showed a man stretched down on the asphalt of a runway as a pair of emergency workers kneel next to him. The man did not appear to protest.
The other passengers appeared bewildered by the sight as they took off from the plane.
In an email, a spokesman for the US Department of Homeland Security said “there was nothing harmful on the plane.”
Republic Airways said Flight 4817 was operating under the American Airlines banner and that the onboard incident occurred near the end of the flight, about a 2-hour journey from Indianapolis to LaGuardia.
“Upon exiting the active runway, the aircraft stopped on a taxiway and a precautionary emergency evacuation was carried out,” Republic Airways said in a statement. “Law enforcement and first responders met with the aircraft and the passenger involved in the incident has been taken into custody.”
None of the 78 passengers and four crew members on board the plane were injured.
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