Sewing needles were discovered in six sandwiches served aboard four Delta Airlines flights from Amsterdam. The sandwiches were provided by an Amsterdam catering company.
The airline said that what appear to be sewing needles were found in five sandwiches on Sunday. One passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured, but the passenger declined to get medical attention, according to Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur. The other needles were on two flights to Atlanta and one to Seattle.
Baur said flight attendants stopped serving the sandwiches as soon as the needle was discovered. Messages went out to other flights en route from Amsterdam, where the sandwiches had been prepared by a catering company. Another sandwich served on the Minneapolis-bound flight also had a needle, Baur said.
No other airlines reported incidents. The FBI is investigating and the catering company is heightening security. The airline will be using pre-packaged food during the investigation.
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