10 passengers treated at BWI

flight delayed

April 10, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Ten passengers received medical treatment for respiratory and eye irritations last night after complaining of an odor and burning sensation at a Baltimore-Washington International Airport ticket counter.

The incident forced the closing of the America West and AirTran ticket counters about 7 p.m. while Maryland Transportation Authority police, assisted by dogs, tried to find the source of the problem. It was believed to be pepper spray from checked luggage, but the dogs turned up nothing, said BWI spokeswoman Melanie Miller.

The passengers were waiting to board America West Flight 777 to Los Angeles, which was delayed at least three hours past its scheduled 8:35 p.m. departure as authorities required those on board to get off and be re-screened, Miller said.

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