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As much as we love travel, we understand that security is of paramount pertinence. We all want to get on to that flight as quickly as possible. We’re all looking forward to the destination. However, what’s most important is that we get there safely and securely. A freakish incident over the weekend sparked fears about what could’ve been a potential terrorist threat.

JetBlue Flight 573

JetBlue flight 573 was all set to take off from Newark Liberty International Airport to Tampa International Airport. When things were all set, a freakish incident happened. Two flight attendants on board received a photo of a suicide vest that had apparently being airdropped to their phones. This immediately sparked fears of a potential terrorist threat to the flight.

Here’s what transpired. A flight attendant accepted a photo via the airdrop option on the iPhone. The photo contained an image of a suicide vest. The flight attendant then brought this to the attention of the captain. The captain eventually took the decision to evacuate the plane.

NBC News Reports:

“Out of an abundance of caution,” the plane was moved to remote area and passengers were deplaned and bused to the terminal, a spokesman said. He said the passengers and luggage would be rescreened.

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Thankfully, all 150 passengers were evacuated safely. The flight departed Newark airport at 11:27 after going to extensive security screenings. Port Authority of New and New Jersey officials are currently investigating the incident. They’re still in the process of determining the origin of the photo.

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