Delta Air Lines have said that “sewing-type” needles were found in sandwiches served on flights from Amsterdam to three U.S. cities over the weekend.
Investigators were still trying to determine how they got into the meals.
The airline said that the needles were found by passengers in four sandwiches on flights from the Dutch capital bound for Atlanta, Minneapolis and Seattle.
Kristin Baur, a Delta spokeswoman, said that local and federal authorities were investigating the incidents aboard four flights.
She said the airline had taken immediate action with the caterer “to ensure the safety and quality of the food” served on its aircraft.
Christina Ulosevich, a spokeswoman for Gategroup, the Swiss-based company whose Gate Gourmet unit supplies Delta with onboard meals, said that the caterer was cooperating fully with investigators.
But she declined to comment further, saying “details of this matter must remain confidential.”
A disturbance on-board an American Airlines flight scared passengers and landed a man in police custody.
Flight 2401 left Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport bound for Los Angeles.
Passenger Lori Barber said about 15 minutes into the flight a man charged past her, demanding to see the pilot.
Barber said the man was hard to miss.
“Well he was wearing two pairs of glasses, one with a red beam coming out of the lens, and he had three or four ‘man purses’ on and he had Superman socks on,” she recalled.
After preventing the man from entering the cockpit, he was subdued and the flight continued.
A spokesman with American Airlines said the FBI took the man into custody at LAX, for exhibiting “suspicious” behaviour during the flight.
Barber said the man was acting strangely before boarding the plane and that flight attendants witnessed it. She feels he should not have been allowed to get onboard.
American Airlines confirmed that no weapons were found on or used by the passenger.
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An Indian consumer court in Delhi has ordered Jet Airways to compensate a female passenger who was refused an alcoholic drink because of her gender. The Indian airline must now pay 50,000 rupees ($925; £590) for not serving a drink to the passenger “only because she is a female”.
The complaint was filed by a Canadian woman who was on a flight from Bangkok to Delhi with her family in 2009. The complainant, Mrs Jennifer Robinson, works at the Canadian High Commission in Delhi had sought C$50,000 ($49,000; £31,000) in compensation. The court found that amount too high.
The court order says that when she asked for a “rum drink” she was told by a steward that she could not have an alcoholic drink because she was a woman. In the order, Delhi District Consumer Forum President CK Chaturvedi said that the refusal was not only discriminatory but a deliberate insult in front of all the other passengers.
This caused “mental agony, humiliation, insult” to the passenger on her vacation, he said. The court also directed the airline to give its staff etiquette training on how to behave with female passengers “without any discrimination whether Indian or foreign”. Jet Airways said: “We are yet to receive the copy of the order without which we are unable to respond.”