UPDATE: The FBI has determined that a passenger removed from the United Airlines flight this morning posed no “identifiable threat” to the plane or its passengers and officials do not expect to file criminal charges.
This may not be as serious as first thought. An NBC news report includes a conversation with one of the passengers aboard the plane.
“The gentleman said he had to go to the bathroom and that he couldn’t wait,” a passenger said. “The pilot said somebody is ill. We were just about to take off.”
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