Bomb threat grounds Spirits Airlines flight at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

92 people on board grounded Airbus 320

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff's Office said a Spirit Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a passenger made a bomb threat Thursday night.

Deputies said the Airbus 320 had 92 people on board. All passengers were asked to disembark while authorities checked for explosives. No apparent threat was detected.

"Spirit Airline Flight 596 from Fort Lauderdale to Minneapolis returned to the gate this evening after 15 minutes in the air," Spirit Airlines spokesman Stephen Schuler said in a statement. "The flight crew decided to return to the gate because of a security issue on board."

Two men were seen being removed from the plane in handcuffs. Deputies said they were being interviewed by the Broward Sheriff's Office and the FBI.

"When we landed, there were squad cars all around us," passenger Margi Patton told Local 10 News. "There was an ambulance behind the plane. I mean, we were told to keep our shades of our windows up."

The plane eventually departed about 3:45 a.m. Friday and arrived in Minneapolis a few hours later.

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