August 17, 2006

West Virginia airport evacuated in explosive alert

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities evacuated a West
Virginia airport terminal on Thursday after a test on two
plastic containers carried by a female passenger showed a
possible explosive, officials said.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman
Christopher White said around 100 passengers were evacuated
from the terminal at Tri-State Airport in Huntington, West
Virginia after security checks identified four items containing
liquids in a carry-on bag carried by a passenger.

U.S. authorities banned all liquids and gels from carry-on
luggage last week after British authorities said they had
foiled a plot to bomb several passenger planes using liquid

"Two containers tested positive for explosive materials,"
White said in a taped statement, adding that the evacuation
happened in the late morning and normal aircraft operations had
since resumed at the airport.

"The TSA and FBI are currently on site conducting
interviews and gathering information," White said.

Airport director Larry Salyers told CNN security screeners
had detected material in the containers that indicated "it very
well could be a bomb."

Testing by TSA equipment and dogs indicated the substance
in the containers was "not permissible and very suspect,"
Salyers said. The containers were removed by a robot to a
remote area for further analysis,

Salyers said the passenger, a woman he did not identify,
was originally from Jackson, Michigan, and identification
papers showed she was born in 1978.