Philadelphia-to-Bermuda flight grounded before takeoff over security risk, passengers removedBy AP
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Philadelphia flight halted by security issue
PHILADELPHIA — A US Airways flight to Bermuda has been grounded before takeoff from Philadelphia International Airport over a security problem.
Passengers were removed from US Airways Flight 1070 on Thursday morning and the plane was towed to a remote location to be searched.
Philadelphia police say initial reports from the scene indicate a person lacking a security badge was helping load the plane. Airport officials could only say the search was prompted by a security concern raised by the airline.
U.S. Airways spokesman Todd Lehmacher confirmed the plane was being searched but would not comment on specifics.
A passenger aboard the plane, Amanda Benner, tells The Associated Press travelers were told they were removed from the plane because of a “TSA security breach.”