Sunday, October 23, 2016

2 people gain unauthorized access to American Airlines plane at Philadelphia International Airport

Security issue prompts delay for American Airlines flight to Boston, Massachusetts:   Jetway door left unlocked, captain says

BOSTON —An American Airlines flight destined for Boston was delayed after a couple walked onto the plane and took seats without notice.

A passenger on the plane told Newscenter 5 the captain of American Airlines Flight 1655 in Philadelphia said the jetway door was not locked overnight. A couple, who did not speak English, walked onto the plane around 6 a.m. and took seats.

The captain originally said the passengers were on the wrong flight, but American Airlines said they determined the couple was on the correct flight to Boston.

All passengers were told to get off the plane as officials searched the aircraft.

"This has certainly been an interesting morning," the flight's captain said. "It was a difficult decision to make, but I am sure you agree a necessary one."  

Departure to Boston was scheduled for 8 a.m.

Passengers were put on a different plane for departure.

Statement from American Airlines

"Two passengers gained unauthorized access to one of our aircraft earlier this morning. Out of an abundance of caution, we are utilizing a different aircraft for the flight to Boston. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience."

Source:   http://www.wcvb.com

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (WPVI) -- A flight from Philadelphia to Boston was delayed after two people were able to gain unauthorized access to the plane, Action News has learned.

American Airlines Flight 1655 was set to depart Philadelphia International Airport at 8 a.m. Sunday, but it did not take off on time due to the incident.

The airline issued the following statement to Action News:

"Two passengers gained unauthorized access to one of our aircraft earlier this morning. Out of an abundance of caution, we are utilizing a different aircraft for the flight to Boston. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience."

Investigators are looking into how the two people were able to open a secured door controlled by the airport.

Action News is told foul play is not suspected, as it appears the two people got on the plane by accident.

Passengers took off from Philadelphia on a new plane shortly before 11 a.m.

American Airlines says this was not considered a security breach because all passengers were vetted by the TSA.

Action News has reached out to Philadelphia International Airport officials for comment.

Source:   http://6abc.com

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