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Threat prompts search of American Airlines plane

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Threats made on an American Airlines flight forced the plane back to the gate at DFW Airport Monday evening.

Officials said the suspect was a 23-year-old Guatemalan man heading back to his country. He became unruly and agitated as Flight 2137 was taxing from Gate D34 onto the tarmac. Then he referenced "something in his bag."

The flight crew became nervous and the pilot chose to return to the gate and get him off the plane. DFW officers detained the man and the FBI questioned him, but he was not arrested.

There were 150 passengers and a crew of six on the new Boeing 737-800 bound for Guatemala City just before 5 p.m. After the suspect was taken off, all passengers also got off and sat in the gate while the plane was searched. Then they got back on and took off at 7:15 p.m.

Other passengers weren't very concerned about the incident.

"I think it's complicated to know when it's going to be something like this. But if you have to fly, most of the time it's safe to fly," said Hector Zuniga.

Initially there were reports that the suspect yelled in Spanish and English about a bomb, but American Airlines would not confirm that. Officials would only say he was acting suspicious.

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