WSB TV: Needles found in Delta flight sandwiches

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    WSB TV: Needles found in Delta flight sandwiches

    Delta Air Lines Inc. and the FBI are trying to figure out how needles got into turkey sandwiches served aboard four flights from Amsterdam. One passenger was injured.

    The airline said that what appear to be sewing needles were found in six sandwiches on Sunday. One passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured, but the passenger declined to get medical attention, according to Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur. The other needles were on two flights to Atlanta and one to Seattle.

    The FBI's Atlanta office has opened a criminal investigation into the matter, the agency said in a written statement. An FBI spokesman in Atlanta did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

    Baur said flight attendants stopped serving the sandwiches as soon as the needle was discovered. Messages went out to other flights en route from Amsterdam, where the sandwiches had been prepared by a catering company. Another sandwich served on the Minneapolis-bound flight also had a needle, Baur said.

    After the needles were found, passengers got pizza instead.

    Never fear, Pissy's here ... :rolleyes:

    At that time, TSA Director John Pistole told Diamant that the TSA's investigation into Gate Gourmet could lead to a complete review of security procedures for airline caterers nationwide.

    Pistole promised that the TSA would investigate.

    "I'll look at it and assess if we need to make changes," Pistole said.

    The TSA's investigation found "no violation of security regulations."

    Former TSA administrator Kip Hawley told Diamant that does not mean the unsealed carts are not a problem.

    "If there's a security threat that's outside the regulation, there's no excuse for it, but the regulation says it's OK," Hawley said.

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