Suspicious Object on Delta Flight Causes Bomb Scare at Newark Airport

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Eyebrows were raised early Tuesday at Newark Airport after what appeared to be a makeshift bomb was found on a red-eye Delta flight.

Wedged between two previously unassigned seats on Delta Flight 1972 from Minnesota was the shell of a clear ballpoint pen with an electrical button trigger and a nail and alligator clip sticking out, created, it seems, to look like a makeshift bomb. Electrical tape held a battery in place, and beside it was a flashlight top.

After an employee found the object between seats 21B and 21C, he called the police, who after evacuating the area, brought a bomb-sniffing dog on board. The dogs did not find anything.

The cleaning crew reported the incident Tuesday at 12:50 am, and Port Authority officials are boggled as to how the object made it past the TSA security checkpoint.

According to, Bobby Egbert, a spokesman for the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, said, "Basically, it looked like something that was made to scare people. The big question is: How the hell did this thing get on board?"

The bomb squad and the FBI were also summoned to the scene.

"There was no imminent threat at the time this object was discovered," said FBI spokesman Special Agent Bryan Travers, reported.

The object is now in the possession of an FBI bomb technician. After a thorough inspection, the aircraft was considered safe and it returned to Delta at about 5:15 a.m.

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