A Republic Airways service operating as American Airlines flight 4817, arriving at New York City’s LaGuardia Airport, was evacuated upon arrival “in response to reports by passengers of suspicious and erratic behavior by a fellow passenger”, in the weekend. Passengers reported seeing suspicious behavior on the aircraft to the flight crew and the flight crew then alerted the captain. There were 76 passengers and six crew aboard the flight. Passengers disembarked the plane by emergency slides onto LaGuardia’s Runway 4 just short of the plane’s intended gate. Investigators interviewed the passenger who was allegedly acting suspiciously as well as several passengers who were sitting closest to that person, in order to learn more about what took place aboard the flight. Authorities determined there was no criminality involved.
Republic Airways released a statement: “A Republic Airways aircraft, operating as American 4817, declared an emergency and landed at New York’s LaGuardia Airport without incident in response to passenger behavior near the end of the flight. Upon exiting the active runway, the aircraft stopped on a taxiway and conducted a precautionary emergency evacuation. Our crew responded to the situation in accordance with our procedures and with professionalism and a concern for safety of all aboard. Law enforcement and first responders met the aircraft and the passenger involved in the incident has been taken into custody. We apologize to our passengers for this disruption to their travels.”