A young traveler is facing charges in Texas after sending a bomb threat to fellow passengers via AirDrop on an American Airlines flight.According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), American Airlines flight 2051 taxiing out at El Paso for a routine flight to Chicago on Feb. 17 when passengers onboard received an AirDrop request that read, “I have a bomb would like to share a photo.”The aircraft, with 125 passengers and eight crewmembers onboard, returned to the gate.”Subsequent investigation resulted in the identification of a juvenile subject who confessed to the AirDrop. Evidence supporting the confession was discovered in the suspect’s cell phone. The cell phone was seized as evidence,” a statement from DPS said. “A bomb squad search of the aircraft, passengers, and luggage was negative for explosives. The threat was mitigated and deemed non-credible.”Tell us your story: Mobility device lost or damaged by an airline? USA TODAY wants to hear about it.Another travel headache: How do you feel about the luggage carousel crowding?The suspect was released to the El Paso County Juvenile Probation Department and is expected to be charged by the El Paso County Attorney with falsely reporting an emergency or causing a false alarm.Tracking data from FlightAware shows that flight 2051 eventually left El Paso and arrived in Chicago about five hours late. “Prior to departure on Feb. 17, American Airlines flight 2051 with service from El Paso, Texas (ELP) to Chicago (ORD) returned to the gate and was met by law enforcement due to a possible security issue,” an American Airlines spokesperson said in a statement. “Safety and security are our top priorities and we thank our customers for their understanding and cooperation and our team members for their professionalism.”Zach Wichter is a travel reporter based in New York. You can reach him at zwichter@usatoday.com

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