Passenger ‘tinkering with vintage camera’ sparks bomb scare and plane evacuation

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A plane passenger who was "tinkering with a vintage camera" sparked a bomb scare that forced a flight to make an emergency landing.

An American Airlines flight from Indianapolis in the US to LaGuardia Airport, New York, was forced to land and evacuate passengers via the plane's emergency slides on Saturday afternoon.

It is believed the incident was triggered after a mum noticed another passengers watching videos and viewing pictures of vintage camera, according to the New York Daily News.

She began to fear the man was searching for bomb-making instructions.

The plane's pilot radioed to air traffic control that they needed to clear the runway to make way for an emergency landing.

After the plane was grounded, the suspected bomber was forced to lay face down on the tarmac after the aircraft had been evacuated using the inflatable slides.

The passenger's bags were searched and the authorities discovered a skateboard and other vintage camera.

Video taken by fellow passengers showed firefighters surrounding the suspect as confused travellers waited for the incident to unfold.

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All 78 passengers were successfully evacuated and it later transpired that the security scare was a misunderstanding.

The man's identity was not released by the authorities and he was cleared for release by officials.

One passenger wrote on Instagram that the evacuation was the "worst experience ever".

Port Authority spokesman Tom Topousis said: "The JTTF [Joint Terrorism Task Force], the FBI and the Port Authority Police Department determined that there was no criminality on the part of the passenger and he was released."

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