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Flight attendant errors air marshal for passengers with a gun, the police pull him off the plane

Police reportedly aboard the United flight which is operated by the Republic Airlines, after it landed in Minneapolis-St. Paul airport.

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A federal air marshal on a United Airlines flight was struck by the authorities, removed from the plane after a flight attendant thought he was a citizen who “flashed a gun”, according to the reports.

The marshal, that the TSA told The Post on “affairs,” showed his gun to a flight attendant during the flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, causing the crew to an emergency alert, according to WCCO.

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Passengers on board Flight 3531 were told that their landing was delayed because of a “busy gate,” passenger Jennifer Berman said the Star Tribune. After the landing the plane was surrounded by police cars, and the officers on board of the plane to ask the man and another passenger to come with them.” The two were cuffed shortly after the tarmac, Berman said.

The two men were questioned by the FBI at the airport at the police station, according to the newspaper.

The Star Tribune reported that the detained passenger was also a federal air marshal; the TSA does not confirm that.

FBI officials blame the incident on a misunderstanding, according to WCCO.

A spokesman for Republic Airlines, a regional partner of United Airlines, which operated the flight, told The Post: “The safety and security of our customers and employees is our highest priority. We are aware of this incident and working with investigators.”

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The TSA said in a statement it is “working with the airline to determine the specific circumstances in this case.”

The flight was conducted by Indianapolis-based Republic Airlines. Republic says the airline is working with investigators.

This article originally appeared in The New York Post.

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