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False alarm on Southwest flight from Florida to BWI

Airline working to reduce delay to customers

By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun

8:19 PM EST, November 16, 2011

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The unidentified substance found Wednesday on a Baltimore-bound Southwest flight was determined to not be a threat, a spokeswoman for the airline said.

Hazmat and rescue crews from Palm Beach County investigated a "suspicious chemical powder" found on a Southwest Airlines 737 jet, determined the powder was not dangerous and then released the plane back into the airline's control, said Ashley Dillon.

At about 7:30 p.m., the company was working to get the plane in the air and minimize the delay for passengers, she said.

The powder was found by a crew member inside a tissue box on the plane, which was headed to Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.

Emergency crews were dispatched to the tarmac and the plan was evacuated at about 4:30 p.m.

There were 137 people on the plane.

Cynthia Roldan and Julius Whigham II of The Palm Beach Post contributed to this article.

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