Morrisville — Two people were arrested at Raleigh-Durham International Airport Friday night after causing a “serious disturbance” on their flight from Jacksonville, Fla., according to an airport spokeswoman.
No one was injured, but the disturbance was classified as a terrorist threat, according to RDU Spokeswoman Colleen Fischvogt. Investigators did not say what may have been said or found to have prompted that decision.
Authorities did not immediately release the names of the two people who were arrested. They are in the custody of the FBI, officials said.
Police and emergency personnel met American Eagle flight 4518 at RDU after hearing that two of the 30 passengers were causing a disturbance. The plane was held away from the terminal after it landed, and police surrounded the aircraft.
It had been scheduled to go to Gate C26.The flight was an Embraer ERJ-145, a regional twin-engine jet, according to its schedule information.
Several other emergency vehicles were also on the scene.
The flight was en route to RDU when the pilot reported the threat.
Flight 4518 landed at RDU at 8:20 p.m. after leaving Jacksonville at 7 p.m.
Passengers were kept on the plane for more than an hour, and police approached the aircraft with movable stairs. Passengers were able to get off the plane just before 9:50 p.m.
Police then took them to a central location to interview them briefly about what they had seen or heard.
Officials had disclosed no information at 10:30 p.m. about the cause of the disturbance or what happened to make the crew call police.
RDU commercial operations were proceeding normally during the incident, with both main runways open.