There was a real buzz tonight at New York JFK. A JetBlue flight, 1623 to Los Angeles, went silent. Media picked this up, and there was little to no information about what was happening. Speculation abounded, fearing the worst.
— Richard Louis (@Citywide45) June 27, 2018
Law enforcement surrounded the aircraft and then boarded.
#BREAKING New video shows cops entering the #Jetblue plane at #JFK. According to its tail number, appears to be flight 1623 to #LAX, departed gate just before 7:30 but never left ground. #B61623 #abc7ny #PAPD #JFK pic.twitter.com/R7w4sf2XYb
— Josh Einiger (@JoshEiniger7) June 27, 2018
A passenger reported 10 officers boarded.
I am on a Jet Blue flight at JFK that lost its communications. Created a security crisis. 10 heavily armed cops boarded plane and just left. After 1.5 hours on runway being towed back to gate. Wow.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) June 27, 2018
When the cops say putemup on Jet Blue Flight at JFK pic.twitter.com/AXRBd96FeO
— Steve Grasha (@RiversideWeekly) June 27, 2018
And it turns out that all it was was communications equipment failure.
#FAA issues statement after police activity at #JFK: “JetBlue 1623, an Airbus A320, experienced a radio equipment problem while taxing for departure at John F. Kennedy International Airport tonight at 8 p.m. The crew requested to return to the ramp. The FAA will investigate.”
— Jodi Goldberg (@JodiGFox5NY) June 27, 2018