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false alarm

Man taken off plane after woman says she saw 'IS-related' messages on his phone is released

The Iraqi man had been removed from the flight after another passenger suspected him to be a terrorist.

AN IRAQI MAN hauled off an easyJet flight in Vienna just before takeoff, after a passenger thought he might be an Islamic extremist, has been released, officials said today.

“There was nothing suspicious found and he has been allowed to continue his journey,” interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck said.

“The only thing outstanding is a detailed analysis of his mobile phone,” he said of the incident which took place yesterday.

A woman sitting next to him on the London-bound plane had alerted cabin crew after seeing what she believed to be messages related to the extremist Islamic State (IS) group on his phone.

All passengers had to disembark while the Airbus and all bags were checked. It finally took off three hours later but without the man or the woman, who were questioned.

The incident comes as Europe steps up security following Tuesday’s bombings in Brussels, in which three suicide bombers killed 28 people in a series of attacks claimed by IS.

© AFP 2016 

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