Officials say they are taking these precautions due to an incident that happened overnight. A cargo flight flying from Yemen to Chicago, stopping at East Midlands Airport, was checked when it landed and crews found a toner cartridge with wires and powder that had been tampered with and changed, but tested negative for explosive materials.
Two packages containing explosive devices originating in Yemen and bound for two places of Jewish worship in Chicago set off a global terror alert on Friday. One package was found at a FedEx facility in Dubai, and another was found early Friday morning at an airport in Britain, sparking a day of dramatic precautionary activity in the United States.
I wonder where conspiracy theories get their start.
On the upside, the newser at the WH ended in time for the evening news. Imagine that.
Update: Interesting titbit
The following items are not acceptable for carriage to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)
1. APO/FPO addresses.
2. C.O.D. shipments.
3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).