October 7th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Plane evacuated in Philadelphia


A plane was evacuated Thursday, and dogs are inspecting all luggage, police say.


Authorities evacuated a plane at the airport in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Thursday after one of three people loading the plane failed to produce identification and then disappeared, police said.

U.S. Airways Flight 1070 was bound for Bermuda with 102 passengers and five crew members, police said. It has been towed to a secure part of the airport.

Federal and local police at the Philadelphia International Airport were searching for a person in uniform who was not wearing identification on the tarmac, a law enforcement official said.

"This could be a suspicious person or it could be nothing," the official said.

Authorities evacuated the plane after one of three people dressed in employee uniforms while loading the plane could not produce ID badges, Officer Tanya Little of the Philadelphia police said.

When airport officials sought the individual, the person was gone, Little said.

All bags aboard the plane are being checked by bomb-sniffing dogs after the aircraft was evacuated, a law enforcement official said.

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  1. asdf


    October 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Earl Jones

    Interesting News....But is it okay for Journalist to have typos?

    Was the plane "found" for or "bound" to Bermuda? I'm just saying...?

    Mr Tibss!

    October 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      re-read it!!! Clearly says bound for Bermuda.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. darlene

    This is not a breach . It is a new employee who has not been issued a badge, he is supposed to be with an escort.
    Who probably went to lunch. This is common pratice at USair new hire baggage handler . dodge the port authority!
    until the badge arrives. If that employee is caught USAir will be fined 10k and the employee 500usd. UsAir ways is not
    going to tell who the employee is. This is every day business. It happen to me when I was a new hire loading luggage
    for them.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • yeager

      Doesn't it take about two minutes to make a badge?

      October 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      Regardless some form of ID should have been provided. With all of today's technology, a temporary ID could have been provided and to say nothing of the fact someone had knowledge of this person showingh up for work. I travel all over and often attend meetings where a "Visitor" pass or "Temporary ID badge is printed on the spot. As a frequent passenger aboard US Air, there is no justification for not providing this employee with some form of ID.

      October 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. yeager

    Well, if one of the three couldn't produce ID, couldn't the other two say "yeah, that's Bubba. He's been working here for 20 years", instead of deplaning and getting the dogs? I'd take off looking for my badge too.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Segal

    Also, If this were a serious breach of security the fake worker (terrorist?) would surely take the time to come up with a realistic looking badge and have a convincing cover story for his presence.

    October 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Faisal

    I was hoping it was a potential terrorist attack. I really hate the world and I want to see it come to an end. By the way I am Christian and proud

    October 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maggie

      If you were really a Christian, you wouldn't wish it was a terrorist attack or want the world to end. Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. "Having is not so great a thing as wanting."–Mr. Spock

      October 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexVet

      LOL..no faisal...you are a troll!

      October 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lee

    Badges ! ?..... We don't need no stinking badges ....!

    October 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    The general public neads to undertand that the "terrorists" could, just as easily as illegal Mexicans, enter this country and poison our unguarded water supplies and aquaducts. Maybe then they wouldn't freak out every time an airport alarm sounded.

    October 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bonnie

    i bet it was kanye.

    October 8, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. josh

    I bet this guy was a CIA employee. People just don't "disappear" on the tarmac...

    October 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lisa

    Clearly if it was a new employee they would have said I just started and i simply don't have an id instead of disappearing. If they didn't have anything to hide and was simply doing their job. My bf works for us airways and they always give you an id before you start working. The whole story seems suspect and should be kept close for more investigation.

    October 8, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |