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US flight turned back after Facebook threat

Man may have been target of hoax on social networking site but it disrupted US Airways flight.

Law enforcement at the plane when it returned to the airport in Philadelphia today.
Law enforcement at the plane when it returned to the airport in Philadelphia today.
Image: AP Photo/Matt Rourke

A MAN who may have been the target of a Facebook hoax was arrested this morning when a plane bound for Dallas had to return to Philadelphia.

A Facebook posting suggested a passenger on board the US Airways plane had brought explosives onboard, CNN reported today.

Authorities began searching the plane this morning while passengers remained on board but ultimately cleared it after passengers disembarked. And now officials are saying the man may not have actually meant any harm.

“The person may have been targeted as a hoax,” FBI spokesman JJ Klaver told CNN. “This is still being investigated.”

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