Suspicious Weed Found on NY-to-Fort Lauderdale Flight

HAZMAT team called in after a Spirit Airlines crew reports finding white powder

By Todd Wright
|  Monday, Aug 22, 2011  |  Updated 3:35 PM EDT
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Suspicious Weed Found on NY-to-Fort Lauderdale Flight

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Local airport officials were on high alert Monday after reports of a suspicious white powder was found on a New York flight that had just arrived at Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

But all hazardous materials team found on the plane was the remnants of a bag of marijuana, officials said.

At around 9 a.m., the crew on Spirit Airlines flight 705 called authorities to report they had discovered a "suspicious item" onboard, said Greg Meyer, spokesman for the airport.

The flight was arriving from New York and passengers were cleared off the plane as a HAZMAT team investigated.

Instead of a dangerous material, officials found weed, said BSO spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright.

Not surprisingly, none of the passenger claimed the marijuana so no one was arrested, she said.

Spirit Airlines said all passengers continued on to their connecting flights as scheduled.

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