Security Situation Investigated on Flight to Charlotte
- By Matt Holden
- Oct 27, 2014
A security situation at Charlotte Douglas International airport stranded passengers for more than an hour after their plane landed, according to a report.
While on Flight 744 from Dallas, the pilot announced to passengers that they needed to stay in their seats due to a “serious problem.” FBI greeted the plane when it landed.
“The pilot came on the intercom an hour into the flight and said we have a little problem here, we need you to sit in your seats,” said Eric Pillmore, a passenger on the flight. “That escalated to an hour later, we have a very serious problem.”
Emergency vehicles and law enforcement surrounded the plan when it came in from Dallas. The FBI have so far only confirmed they are investigating a “security concern” on the flight and have acknowledged they interviewed a group of passengers while keeping all of them on the plane for more than an hour after they landed.
According to Pillmore, an officer heard there was a note on the plane which led to them pulling nine people off for interviews.
“It was very unsettling. We didn’t know if there was something on the plane that was unsafe, someone that was unsafe, we didn’t know,” said Pillmore.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.