The airport bussed people to the terminal.
There was no immediate information about what caused the smoke to fill the cabin.
Flight 1854 had traveled from Detroit to Denver.
McManus said that smoke started coming through the cabin vents after the plane had landed in Denver and while it was taxiing to its arrival gate.
The smoke was created from hydraulic oil dripping onto an auxiliary power unit activated after the aircraft landed.
"The security of Delta's staff and team is our top priority, and we apologize for its stress this case has generated", claimed a airline spokesman. Flight from hell. Good job delta.
When the fluid made contact with the hot APU, it created smoke, which was blown into the cabin, the airline said. There were no flames. "Airport operations are normal".
Even though the smoke dissipated quickly, the cabin was evacuated. "Why aren't the masks dropping down?,'" he told Denver's 9News.
A DIA spokesperson confirmed to News 5 that minor injuries were reported after passengers evacuated from the plane around 8:30 p.m.
"She yelled, 'evacuate the plane, ' and seconds later, the doors popped open".
"We would like to thank Lt. Givens for his professionalism both on and off duty", the post said. No injuries were reported.
Passenger photos and accounts portray a more chaotic scene, including criticism of how the Delta crew handled the incident, which one woman said left "everybody dizzy".