Needles found in sandwiches, Delta says; FBI to investigate

By | July 17, 2012
Delta Air Lines says needles were found in sandwiches on four flights out of Amsterdam.

The FBI says it has launched an investigation into the discovery of sewing needles in four turkey sandwiches on separate Delta Air Lines flights from Amsterdam to the United States.

The objects were discovered in food on planes as they were en route from Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands to Minneapolis, Seattle and two flights to Atlanta, according to Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur. Two of the needles were found by passengers, she said, at which point Delta told all 18 flights from Amsterdam to stop serving the sandwiches.

Two more needles were discovered, including one found by a federal air marshal. One passenger on the plane going to Minneapolis was injured by the needle but declined medical treatment upon landing, according to Baur.

Federal agents have begun a criminal investigation, said Special Agent Stephen Emmett, an FBI spokesman in Atlanta.

Gate Gourmet, which provided prepared sandwiches to Delta, said the sandwiches originated at the firm’s facility in Amsterdam. The company has been in business since 1992.

“This is a terribly upsetting situation,” said Gate Gourmet spokeswoman Christina Ulosevich. “First and foremost is the safety of the traveling public. There’s nothing more important to us at all than the safety of the passengers and crews.”

Delta is now serving sealed prepackaged food on these flights instead of the sandwiches, and no other needles have been found, Baur said….

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