Needles found in sandwiches on 4 U.S.-bound Delta flights

NEW YORK Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:23pm EDT

A Delta plane sits on a runway prior to takeoff at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York December 25, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

A Delta plane sits on a runway prior to takeoff at John F Kennedy International Airport in New York December 25, 2009.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines Inc said it was working with federal authorities after what appeared to be sewing needles were found in food on four U.S.-bound flights that left Sunday from Amsterdam, injuring one passenger.

The needles were found in sandwiches made by the airline's Amsterdam caterer, Gate Gourmet, Delta spokeswoman Chris Kelly said in an email Monday. The FBI and Netherlands officials are investigating, Delta said.

"Delta is taking this matter extremely seriously and is cooperating with local and federal authorities who are investigating the incident," the airline said in a statement.

"Delta has taken immediate action with our in-flight caterer at Amsterdam to ensure the safety and quality of the food we provide onboard our aircraft," the statement said.

One person on a flight to Minneapolis was injured but declined medical treatment.

A suspected sewing needle was also found in a sandwich by a passenger on an Atlanta-bound flight. A U.S. air marshal found another while flying on another Atlanta-bound flight.

Another apparent needle was found aboard a Seattle-bound flight in a sandwich that had not been served.

Gate Gourmet is a subsidiary of Swiss-based gategroup Holding AG, one of the largest independent global providers of airline passenger products and services.

Christina Ulosevich, a gategroup spokeswoman, said the caterer was cooperating fully with investigators. She declined to comment further, saying "details of this matter must remain confidential."

(Reporting By Ilaina Jonas; Additional reporting by James B. Kelleher in Chicago; Editing by Paul Tait)

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Comments (5)
IT’S A TERRORIST ATTACK! IT’S A TERRORIST ATTACK ON AMERICANS!!! RIGHT?! I MEAN, AM I RIGHT?!?! TERROR IN THE SKIES! Yeah, love the headline. The needles were clearly not intended as another 9/11. Morons.

Jul 16, 2012 10:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JhonBatam wrote:
Why why why did this have to happen now? I am flying to Amsterdam this week. Guess I better bring my own food.

Jul 16, 2012 10:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Marla wrote:
What, they didn’t do an x-ray, and grope each sandwich before it got on the plane? Lucky sandwich! Now we all know how to smuggle “weapons” on board…..YEESH!

Jul 16, 2012 12:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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