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Passengers removed from plane in Charlotte after knife found


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say passengers were removed
from a U.S. Airways plane in Charlotte and had to go through security
screening again after a passenger found a knife in an overhead bin
during boarding.

Transportation Security Administration officials said all the
passengers passed the second screening and nothing suspicious was
found on the plane, which was then allowed to take off for O'Hare
International Airport in Chicago shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday.

Less than an hour earlier, a plane landing in Charlotte from the
Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport was met by law enforcement
after a suspicious note was found in the bathroom of the airport
near Fayetteville, Ark.

TSA says a sweep of the passengers, carry-on luggage and checked
bags didn't find anything suspicious.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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