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Spirit Airlines flight leaving Fort Lauderdale delayed after 'suspicious' conversation

Posted: 7:42 AM, Oct 31, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-31 13:06:15Z

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Spirit Airlines flight that was delayed for hours after a report of a possible bomb threat has finally landed in Dallas.

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Local news outlets report that a passenger alerted flight attendants after noticing a message on another passenger's cellphone before the flight took off Sunday night. It was scheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport at 8:15 p.m. Sunday but was delayed for hours while authorities investigated.

Broward County sheriff deputies escorted a man off the plane, which was checked by investigators and cleared.

Authorities say the plane eventually took off around 2:30 a.m. Monday and landed safely at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

No further details were immediately available.