Thursday, August 17, 2006

Domestic Flight Scare: Bottles with Explosive Residue

Update: The Tri-State Airport (Huntington, WV) reopened after a ten-hour closing when subsequent chemical tests proved negative although both the airport security checkpoint machine and a canine team tested positive. The Pakistani woman was very cooperative according to officials, and she was taken from the airport at 5 p.m. by federal authorities.

Cf. citation (which has also been updated), infra.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Amy von Walter revealed that screeners at Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W. Va., have discovered two bottles of liquid that tested positive for explosive residue in the carry-on of a 28-year-old Pakistani woman. The Pakistani woman, a Huntington resident (earlier a resident of Jackson, Michigan), had purchased a one-way ticket to Detroit via Charlotte. According to Jeff Killeen, an FBI spokesperson, the woman was at the airport but had not been arrested. Albeit unclear, it seems apparent that she was being detained and questioned.

Cf. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,209042,00.html.

2 comments:

piperfromtn said...

    I've flown into that airport.  I noticed a Mosque nearby and wondered "what is a mosque doing in West #%*@ Virginia?"  Thoughts went to the Liberal Senator Robert "Sheets" Byrd.  Any thoughts on this?
    Charlotte is also a place of business for Al-Quieda.  They caught those guys selling cigarettes, liquor, etc in a middle-class neighborhood.  Good old-fashioned boot leggin' gone to the dogs.  I guess the important thing is that the authorities caught the boot-leggers and this lady with the explosive residue.  I just hope they raided the place where she came from, before the news came out that she was caught.  

jakeho said...

J, remember the two Muslim guys with all of those untraceable phones that were detained not far from Columbus in that general area a couple of weeks ago? In fact, there seem to have been several incidents of concern in that area recently: extra scrutiny seems to be warranted. Rural America is not necessarily as safe as we would like to presume.