A Frontier Airlines flight to Tampa was diverted to Atlanta Friday night after a passenger in the cabin was seen with a box cutter.
The Frontier flight, which originated from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, was diverted to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport around 9:30 p.m. ET after a disruption involving a disruptive passenger who was in possession of a cutter, officials said.
“The cockpit was secure and the passengers were disembarked” in Atlanta, Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Patricia Mancha said in an email to USA TODAY.
The FBI and Atlanta Police Department responded and took the unnamed passenger into custody, she said. A second cutter was found in the passenger’s hand luggage, Mancha said.
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The passengers were staying at a hotel overnight in Atlanta and were to be flown to Tampa on Saturday morning, Frontier Airlines spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said.
No injuries were reported, she said.
The TSA has launched an internal review of the incident, verifying CCTV footage and other procedures, Mancha said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is the lead agency investigating the Frontier flight, she said.
Box cutters and most sharp objects aren’t allowed in the cabin or in carry-on baggage, but can be carried in checked baggage, according to the TSA. Box cutters were banned after terrorists used them and knives to hijack flights on September 11, 2001.
Atlanta police referred the investigations to the FBI, which had no additional information to add Saturday afternoon, a spokesperson told USA TODAY.
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