Friday, February 23, 2018

‘9/11’ graffiti scare delays CAL flight to Miami

Caribbean Airlines flight BW484 from Port of Spain to Miami had an unexpected delay yesterday morning just before take off when a routine cabin check found someone had pasted “9/11” on the aircraft’s bathroom mirror in liquid soap.

The reference 9/11 is linked to the deadly terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001.

A source told the Express that when a flight attendant discovered the graffiti, she informed the captain, who then made the decision to return to the terminal.

Caribbean Airlines communications director Clint Williams told the Express yesterday afternoon that while taking off, before departure, BW484 received information that led to the decision to return to the terminal and have the aircraft’s equipment and passengers re-screened by security.

He said a full search of the airline was carried out by the Airports Authority and Civil Aviation Authority, who cleared the aircraft safe for flight.

During the search, passengers were taken back to the waiting lounge, where they were fed and apprised of the situation, Williams said.

He declined to say what the security concern was.

BW484 is one of CAL’s regular daily flights from Port of Spain to Miami, Florida, and usually originates from Georgetown, Guyana.

It had originally been on schedule to depart at 8.30 a.m., but was rescheduled to 3 p.m. yesterday.