UPDATE: Paper Towels Prompt Re-Screening of Passengers on Plane

6 years 8 months 1 week ago Monday, September 12 2011 Sep 12, 2011 Monday, September 12, 2011 12:51:00 PM CDT September 12, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

UPDATE: Comment is from United spokesman, not spokeswoman.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Passengers aboard a flight bound from St. Louis to Washington on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks had to make a return to the gate after crew became concerned about something found on the plane.

The Transportation Security Administration says GoJet Airlines flight 3681, a regional carrier for United Airlines, was still on the runway Sunday when it returned to the gate. A TSA spokeswoman says all passengers were re-screened at the request of the pilot. Nothing was found and the plane departed.

A United spokeswoman says crew found paper towels stuffed in a toilet, raising concerns and prompting the re-screening. She says the plane arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport just over an hour late.

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