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Jet evacuated at LAX after toy spooks crew

Reuters | August 15 2006

An Alaska Airlines flight was evacuated on landing at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday after the flight crew became suspicious of a toy found on board.

Alaska Airlines Flight 281 from Guadalajara, Mexico, landed normally at LAX but taxied to a remote part of the airport, where passengers were quickly taken off while police using bomb-sniffing dogs investigated, an FBI spokesman said.

"The device was identified as a type of toy transmitter and a thorough search of the plane and cargo hold for explosives came up negative," he said.

He declined to elaborate on the nature of the device.

The passengers were taken by bus to a terminal, where Transportation Safety Administration agents searched luggage and personal belongings by hand before allowing passengers to leave, the spokesman said.

Amanda Tobin Bielawski, a spokeswoman for Alaska Airlines, said there were 129 passengers and six crew members on Flight 281, a Boeing 737-400.

The crew found the suspicious item shortly before its scheduled landing in Los Angeles. The spokeswoman said she had no information on where the item was found.

No other flights were affected.

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