A Frontier Airlines flight bound for Denver made an unscheduled stop in Oklahoma City Saturday night after an unattended laptop was found in a bathroom on board.
Flight 481 from New Orleans touched down at Will Rogers World Airport a little after 9:30 p.m. Central time Saturday after a flight attendant found the computer in the restroom following a bout of turbulence that resulted in the fasten seat belt signs being turned on, Oklahoma City police say. The crew used the plane’s speaker system to ask if the machine belonged to any of the 149 passengers on board, but no one claimed it, causing the captain to order the unscheduled landing.
“The decision to land in Oklahoma City was made out of an abundance of caution,” Frontier spokesman Richard Oliver said in an email Sunday. “No emergency was declared and the flight arrived without incident.”
Once on the ground, passengers and crew were taken to the airport fire station while a bomb squad and the FBI inspected the device, eventually determining it was just a laptop, police say.
The FBI eventually found the computer’s owner among the passengers. She was intoxicated. The computer was returned to the woman, but she and her daughter stayed behind in Oklahoma City, according to Hayden Barnes, an Oklahoma City police officer.
The remaining passengers and crew re-boarded the plane and it continued to Denver after a more than four-hour delay, police say.