Box-cutter Blades Discovered on US-bound Plane

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An investigation is underway after box-cutter blades were found on board a flight bound for the United States from Tokyo, Japan.

Crewmembers discovered the blades while the Delta Air Lines flight was en route to Portland, Oregon. Authorities on the ground were contacted "out of an abundance of caution," reported AFP.

The aircraft was carrying 155 passengers and 10 crewmembers when it landed at Portland International Airport around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. Everyone onboard was screened along with his or her bags.

According to CBS News, an official said a threatening note was also found. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Transportation Security Administration and the Port of Portland are all investigating the incident. No other details have been released at this time.

The news comes after lethal explosives were found onboard cargo flights from the Middle East and Chicago last week. U.S. Government officials have also suggested box-cutters were used as weapons in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Photo by Raul A. Soto.

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