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Talcum powder causes scare at RDU

Posted April 20, 2011
Updated April 21, 2011

— Talcum powder caused a scare on an American Airlines flight headed to Raleigh-Durham International Airport Wednesday night, officials said. 

Shortly before Flight 1972 from Chicago landed at RDU, crews found an "unidentifiable substance" in the restroom and alerted air traffic control, RDU spokesman Andrew Sawyer said.

The plane landed and was taken to an isolated area while haz-mat crews responded. They identified the substance as talcum powder.

The 131 passengers on board were bused to the terminal.

Passenger Jim Harmeling said airports are better off "being safe than sorry" but he was surprised talcum powder caused a scare.

"I would assume these short of things happen all the time in flights where you have baby powder because you have lots of children," Harmeling said. "Hopefully, this will be a precedent to take care of this in the future, so you don't have to hold things up for a couple hours on the tarmack."

No one was injured in the incident.


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  • johnnyjj1234 Apr 22, 2011

    I'm glad that the article lets us know that "no one was injured in the incident".

  • lawncare5 Apr 21, 2011

    Cled. u r right. Our country is/has turned into a fraidy-cat place to live. Common sense is gone. Afraid of our own shadow.

  • HardcoreAMERICAN Apr 21, 2011

    Carolinarox, good catch. I can't believe they wouldn't catch that under an Official News Page. I guess they are not concerned about their reputation out there in WRAL.

  • tobywilliamson58 Apr 21, 2011

    We need to re-train these folks! Common sense is not used in todays world!! Did they think it was going to blow up!

  • Viewer Apr 21, 2011

    It took a Hazmat team to recognize baby powder?

  • HardcoreAMERICAN Apr 21, 2011

    That is exactly the kind of people I am glad work in our Country. I think they would rather look stupid and be safe rather than worry about what someone is going to think and have something actually happen. Hmm, I am sorry for you people that it is an inconvenience but honestly, suck it up!!! You have a greater chance of dying driving a vehicle. So, drive away and stop crying. Set a good example for your kids.

  • carolinarox Apr 21, 2011

    ". . . these short of things . . . " Spell check is not always your friend, human editing still required.

  • davido Apr 21, 2011

    Well, to cledbetter I would say never underestimate the power of aging guacamole!

  • Shelley Cooper Apr 21, 2011

    they claim it was talcum powder

    got a cold, there?

  • WHEEL Apr 21, 2011

    Another thing to be banned by TSA. (thousands standing around)