Written by George Hunter and Doug Guthrie
Published by The Detroit News
Passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago to Detroit were removed from an airplane at Midway Airport today and searched, while federal authorities brought bomb-sniffing dogs aboard, a traveler told The Detroit News.
Southwest Flight No. 2534 was to leave Midway Airport at 1:23 p.m. Detroit time and arrive in Detroit at 2 p.m. However, passenger Mark Rebilas said he and the other passengers aboard the Boeing 737-700 were removed from the airplane just as it was about to take off.
“They said they found something suspicious,” said Rebilas, a Phoenix-based freelance photographer who was traveling to Detroit on business. “They brought in the dogs, and gave everybody a full-body patdown.”
The passengers were allowed back on the airplane just before 3 p.m. Rebilas spoke to The News on his cell phone at 3:01, when he said the plane was about to take off.
The flight was delayed about an hour and 45 minutes, and was rescheduled to arrive in Detroit at about 4 p.m., according to the website www.flightstats.com.