WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — There was a scare at Bradley International Airport Monday after a strange substance turned up on a Jet Blue plane.
State police had to be called in to investigate.
Jet Blue flight 460 spent the night parked off on the side of the Bradley Airport tarmac. Just before it landed around 8 Monday night, a flight attendant found white powder in one of the bathrooms.
All 135 passengers got off the plane at the gate. Then the crew went through decontamination showers while State Police investigated the powder. It tested negative for anything harmful, and Bradley officials say no operations or other flights were affected.
In the realm of possible threats, it barely registered among passengers.
"On the news recently, they're talking about planes going down, so I'm a little nervous for that, I guess," said Kale Miyata, of Kyoto, Japan.
"But not about powder," asked News 8's Kent Pierce.
"Not about powder, no, not really," said Miyata.
Now there are a lot of reasons that white powder could be in a bathroom, and most of them are pretty innocent. So what would you do? News 8 asked people at the airport: Would you even report finding white powder in an airplane bathroom."
"Probably not. I would think that it could be possibly some kind of drug thing or powder or make-up or something like that," said Cindy Rothe, of Stafford Springs.
"I wouldn't just think about it, I'd just tell somebody and that'd be it," said Miyata.
"But it would cross your mind that hey this shouldn't be here," asked Pierce.
"Yeah, I'd think it was cocaine or something like that and I'd be like, okay, this isn't good and I'd just tell somebody and that'd be it," Miyata said.
"Would you even think twice about white powder in the bathroom," asked Pierce.
"No, because it could have been baby powder for all I know," said Paul Kane, of Loredo, Texas. "Somebody could have changed a baby in there and you had baby powder on the counter."
"Considering the current climate, yeah, I'd want to know what it was," said New Haven resident Mike Clinton. "I'd alert the pilot or whoever was on the plane who'd be responsible for that sort of thing. Oh yeah."
State Police say that's the right answer, if you see something in a public place or on a plane, you should say something. Police are still waiting to hear exactly what the harmless powder was.
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