Wednesday, December 6, 2006


Plane Diverted After Passengers Smell Burning Matches

`The 99 passengers and five crew members were evacuated from the American Airlines plane after it landed around 6:40 a.m., Nashville Airport Authority spokeswoman Lynne Lowrance said.

The plane, which was en route from Reagan National Airport in Washington, was searched, and luggage was screened.

Matches were found in the seat of one passenger, who was detained and questioned by the FBI. The matches were safety matches allowed in carry-on luggage under Transportation Security Administration rules.

“It turned out she was trying to conceal body odor,” Lowrance said.’

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