ANN REALTIME UPDATE 08.18.06 1800 EDT: Commercial operations
have resumed at Tri-State Airport in Huntington, WV after
explosives were detected in two out of four bottles of liquid being
carried by a female passenger Thursday morning.
CBS News reports the 28-year-old woman -- who is originally from
Pakistan, but had recently moved to Huntington from Jackson,
Michigan -- is still being questioned by the FBI and TSA. The
unidentified woman was scheduled to take a US Airways flight to
It is not known yet whether she will be charged by authorities.
That decision will likely hinge on what, if any, explosives are
detected after the suspect containers are detonated by bomb squad
Tri-State Airport is a small, feeder airport for
regional carriers operating for US Airways and Delta, and offers
connections to Cincinnati, OH and Charlotte, WV. The airport also
supports general aviation, and operations for FedEx.
Thursday's incident comes one week after a plot to blow up
airliners bound for the US from Britain -- using bottles of liquid
containing explosives -- was uncovered by officials in the UK.
Aero-News has learned
the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, WV was evacuated just before
lunchtime Thursday, after a State Police bomb-sniffing dog reacted
to a liquid in a passenger's carry-on luggage.
Airport marketing director Beckie McKinley confirmed to the
Charleston Gazette the luggage belonged to a female passenger of
Middle Eastern descent, who was scheduled to travel on a US Airways
Amy von Walter, a spokeswoman for the TSA, added the woman's
water bottle tested positive twice for explosives -- including a
swab test. The passenger is now being questioned by the FBI.
As of now, no flights are taking off or landing at KHTS, and all
passengers and workers at the terminal have been moved to a
Stay tuned to ANN as we continue to follow this developing