Explosives Detected at Huntington WV Airport

A Pakistani woman’s hair gel, and another container of liquid both tested positive by machine and dog tests at Ceredo’s Tri-State airport Thursday afternoon. The woman had moved there from Michigan, where others have recently been arrested for buying mass quantities of tracphones. These could still be false positives I suppose, but it’s more likely a dry run test with trace amounts, or very real attempt.

I would be interested to know if she’s related to the tracphone terrorists, or if there’s a connection.  From My Way:

CEREDO, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia airport terminal was evacuated Thursday after two bottles of liquid found in a woman’s carry-on luggage twice tested positive for explosives residue, a Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman said.

“It looks like there were four items containing liquids,” said TSA spokeswomantristate evacuated.jpg Amy von Walter. “Two of those containers tested positive.”

A machine that security checkpoint screeners use to test for explosives registered positive, and a canine team also got a positive hit, von Walter said.

Larry Salyers, manager of Tri-State Airport, said the bottles would be moved by robot to a remote area of the airport where officials would attempt to detonate them. National Guard and State Police explosives experts will conduct chemical field tests to determine their contents, he said.

Salyers said he was told the woman was a 28-year-old of Pakistani descent who had moved to Huntington from Jackson, Mich. He did not know how long she had lived in Huntington.

The woman was still at the airport late Thursday afternoon but was not under arrest, said FBI spokesman Jeff Killeen.

Commercial airline service was suspended, and about 100 passengers and airport employees were ordered to leave the terminal, said Tri-State Airport Authority President Jim Booton.