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Copa Airlines flight CM393 was traveling between Panama’s Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and Tampa International Airport (TPA) yesterday. An adult diaper, found in the lavatory, was suspected to be a bomb and caused an emergency landing back in Panama.
Luego de una alerta por el @aacivilpty, de un objeto extraño en una aerolínea las unidades de Fuerzas Especiales activaron el protocolo de emergencia y al ser verificado resultó ser un pañal desechable de adulto. #Prevención pic.twitter.com/n3pBqQZki9
— Policía Nacional (@ProtegeryServir) October 13, 2023
The Boeing 737-800 was only in flight for around 30 minutes when a passenger became concerned after finding a diaper in a black plastic bag inside the lavatory. The 144 passengers and crew onboard were safely returned to the airport where an emergency inspection of the aircraft was conducted.
Passengers disembarked, the sweep was completed, it was deemed safe, and the flight arrived in Tampa around five hours later than initially planned.
Jose Castro, the head of the airport’s security team, said the suspicious object found in one of the plane’s lavatories was a false alarm. He is quoted:
We had it on a secure runway where police special explosives canine units and special forces examined the object, and found it to be an adult diaper, ruling out any risk.”
Anthony’s Take: Luckily, this is a false alarm. I don’t quite see how this was thought to be anything dangerous, but I guess it’s better to be cautious.
(Featured Image Credit: Copa Airlines.)
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