Authorities at southwest Florida International Airport pulled two men and a woman from a plane Wednesday… after screeners found what they considered to be “suspicious” items in their checked baggage. The plane was bound for JFK in New York – and then Cairo, Egypt – with 156 passengers aboard. Screeners found a combination of currency, drawings of aircraft and notes in Arabic. 153 other passengers also had to de-plane while TSA officials searched the aircraft with bomb-sniffing dogs. TSA spokeswoman – Lauren Stover – says the trio was questioned by the FBI, then released.
“They felt that there was legitimate reasons for the items that they had in possession… nothing was explosive in nature, or illegal or prohibited per se…it was just a combination of things, you know in the day and age that we’re living in would cause anyone to want to inquire a bit more about these items.”
The flight left after the search – arriving in New York about a half-hour late… without the three. Once they were released by the FBI – the passengers caught a later flight.
Friday, 05 August 2005 01:00