Nine Passengers Removed from United Flight After Comment Made

Nine passengers boarding a United Airlines flight at Washington's Dulles International Airport were removed after a passenger made a comment to a flight attendant.

What exactly the person said is unclear, but it was considered enough of a "threat" to prompt the pilot to make a decision to boot that person and eight accompanying passengers off the Tampa-bound flight, AOL Travel News has learned.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says she can confirm only that the passengers were removed from the flight after the comment, talked with United representatives at Dulles and were re-booked on another flight. She would not disclose the nature of the comment.

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says Dulles airport police officers were called to the gate area, but the passengers were already off the plane when they arrived and they were not involved in the interviews. No one was detained.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was asked to check the passenger names against its "no fly" list, but otherwise was not involved in the incident.

"We are aware of the situation," a TSA spokesman says.

Other passengers continued on to Tampa as scheduled.

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