Thursday, August 17, 2006

Charlotte Bound Woman Found With Explosives

A woman bound for Charlotte was detained for questioning at a West Virginia airport Thursday morning after two containers in her carry-on luggage tested positive for explosive material.

The concourse of Tri-State Airport in Ceredo, near Huntington, W. Va., was evacuated at 10:20 a.m. after the discovery, said Transportation Security Administration official Christopher White.

The woman's name and hometown have not been released, but airport manager Larry Salyers told the Associated Press that he was told the woman was 28-year-old native of Pakistan who had moved to Huntington from Jackson, Mich. The woman was connecting in Charlotte for a flight to Detroit, Salyers said.

The woman was scheduled for Charlotte on U.S. Airways 4168, which was scheduled to depart at 9:17 a.m. US Airways spokeswoman Valerie Wunder said flight 4168 left on time.

Flight 4236 from Charlotte to Huntington was canceled; flight 4363 from Charlotte to Huntingon was diverted to Charleston, W.Va.

Flight 4242 from Charlotte to Huntington will depart around 9 p.m. if the concourse is reopened, Wunder said.

A TSA screener noticed a bottle in the woman's carry-on bag as she prepared to board a flight to Charlotte. Four items were deemed suspicious, and two containers tested positive, said TSA's White.

The woman was detained for questioning, commercial airline service was temporarily suspended, and about 100 passengers and airport employees were ordered to leave the terminal.

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