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More than 300 passengers taken off plane at Orlando airport after bomb comment, fight, official says

Control tower of the Orlando International Airport, on June 27, 2017. Hundreds of people were taken off a Norwegian Airlines plane on Sunday evening after three people were involved in a fight as it prepared to depart from Orlando International Airport, according to airport officials. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
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Hundreds of people were taken off a Norwegian Airlines plane on Sunday evening after three people were involved in a fight as it prepared to depart from Orlando International Airport, according to airport officials.

The three people were taken off the plane and questioned by law enforcement officials, authorities said.

The incident began at about 5:52 p.m. as the plane bound for London was about to close its doors and depart from gate 87. A male passenger was upset over the seating arrangement and made a comment regarding a bomb on board that was heard by another passenger, according to the Orlando Police Department.

Security officials then told 333 passengers and 12 crew members to deplane, airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell said. Nothing suspicious was found, officials said.

Orlando Police turned the case over to the FBI.

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The plane eventually took off at about 8:35 p.m., according to airport officials.

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© 2018 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)

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