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Alaska Airlines Flight Passes Potential Threat to Orlando Air Traffic Control

ORLANDO, Florida. – New audio released by Air Traffic Control at Orlando International Airport provides new insight into what led police to surround an Alaska Airlines plane on Sunday.

Someone on an Alaska Airlines flight dropped a message to another passenger who was treated as a potential threat, according to federal sources.

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This threat turned out to be a prank from a 10-year-old passenger.

Audio obtained by News 6 shows what the flight crew aboard the plane said to Orlando air traffic control as it arrived.

“We are controlling the plane yes, the pilots are controlling the plane. We will head to the gate and we will hold the passenger seat until the police arrive,” said a member of the flight crew.

“What happened is they got an airdrop with a threatening message on it. In row 28 at the back of the plane. They don’t know who sent it and no one (unintelligible We think it’s a non-credible threat, but we wanted to lock it down just in case,” the crew explained.

Ryan Pruitt and his family were on the Alaska Airlines flight to enjoy Disney World for their spring break.

“The captain actually said over the intercom that someone had dropped a threat,” Puitt said.

Jill Reed and her son Tyler Woods were also on board.

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“We looked out the window and saw police, fire trucks and ambulances,” Reed said.

“They didn’t tell us what the threat was, they just said it was a threat,” Woods said.

The FBI said it was not pursuing charges and determined there was no threat to anyone on the plane.

News 6 asked the FBI why they weren’t pursuing the charges and if it was because the prank came from a young child. We were told they had no further details to provide.

Alaska Airlines released a statement on Sunday, saying it takes safety seriously and apologizes for any inconvenience caused to its guests.

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