Thursday, August 17, 2006

West Virginia Terror?

It's really a good thing that the NSA surveillance program has been ruled unconstitutional, because now we'll never have to know the truth about what happened today in West Virginia. Ignorance is bliss:

A West Virginia airport terminal was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a bomb-sniffing dog reacted to a bottle filled with a liquid in a passenger's luggage, an airport official said.

A screener noticed the bottle in a woman's carryon bag as she prepared to board a flight to Charlotte, N.C., said Tri-State Airport authority President Jim Booton.

An AP story has a few more details.
Larry Salyers, manager of Tri-State Airport, said the bottles would be moved by robot to a remote area of the airport where officials would attempt to detonate them. National Guard and State Police explosives experts will conduct chemical field tests to determine their contents, he said.

Salyers said he was told the woman was a 28-year-old of Pakistani descent who had moved to Huntington from Jackson, Mich. He did not know how long she had lived in Huntington.

The woman was still at the airport late Thursday afternoon but was not under arrest, said FBI spokesman Jeff Killeen.

It could be nothing, but it sounds like someone may be testing for weak spots in our airport screening. How brave it is to send a woman to do this, and how ironic that the woman is from Michigan. By the way, she had a one-way ticket to Detroit.

UPDATE: The latest version of the story states a full test showed no explosives were contained in the bottles. Unexplained is why two screens indicated any explosives residue at all, and why the woman thought she could carry liquids on to the flight in the first place, despite numerous warnings to the contrary.

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