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Officials: 4 Passengers Removed From Plane in Baltimore

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP)- Four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Tuesday morning after a passenger reported suspicious behavior as the plane taxied to the runway, officials said.
    
Spirit Airlines Flight 969 was taxiing to the runway when the flight crew decided to return to the gate, Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green said. The captain asked police to remove three men and a woman from the plane, he said. Police are investigating the four people, he said.
    
"While the aircraft was taxiing to the runway, a passenger alerted a flight attendant of a passenger engaged in suspicious activity on board," Spirit Airlines spokesman Stephen Schuler said in a statement. All passengers were removed from the plane for a time, but once the Transportation Security Administration cleared the plane and luggage, the flight departed for Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after 9 a.m., he said. It had been scheduled to leave at 6 a.m.
    
David Rocca told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he and fellow passengers were told that security officials would come on the plane and that they should stay seated. The 28-year-old Baltimore man said two men and a woman were taken off the flight first and that they took their carry-on bags off as well. He said officials returned to remove the fourth person, a man.
    
"They quietly stood up, removed their bags and followed the two officers off the plane," Rocca said.
    
Rocca said the early-morning flight was about half-full. He said he was among half a dozen passengers who also were taken off the flight because they had connecting flights in Chicago that they would miss.

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