Needles were found in the food of Delta Airlines planes. (Photo : Reuters)
Needles were found in the food of four US-bound planes from Amsterdam, injuring one passenger. The food was prepared by Delta Airlines' caterer Gate Gourmet. The FBI and Netherlands authorities are investigating on the case.
"Delta is taking this matter extremely seriously and is cooperating with local and federal authorities who are investigating the incident," said a Delta Airline spokesperson.
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The airline company has since been in collaboration with the catering company to "ensure the safety and quality of the food" provided for passengers.
One passenger made contact with one of the needles in a flight from Netherlands' Schiphol Airport to Minneapolis. The passenger, however, declined medical treatment.
Two additional needles were also found in a sandwich on an Atlanta-bound flight. A US air marshal found one of the needles during the flight.
The fourth needle was found in a flight to Seattle. The sandwich on the Seattle flight was found before distributed to passengers.
Christina Ulosevich, a spokesperson on behalf of Gate Gourmet, said, "This is a terribly upsetting situation." Adding, the catering company is cooperating with investigators and is launching their own investigation. She declined to comment on specific details on the matter.
"We are monitoring every aspect of our operation," said Ulosevich.
After the discoveries of the needles, Delta ordered all flights from Amsterdam from serving sandwiches. Delta is now serving seal prepackaged food for the flights out of Amsterdam.
The incident with Delta Airlines comes after suspicious wires were discovered on a Delta flight bound to Madrid last Friday. The flight made an emergency landing at New York City's John F. Kennedy airport while the "security concern" was looked.
Police spokesman Paul Browne said two wires within plastic straws were found in the plane's bathroom, one in the sink and one in the toilet.
The flight was checked by emergency officials and concluded there were no explosives on the plane. Two passengers were questioned, including a woman from Argentina who was reported to have had trouble breathing at the time of the wires discovery. The investigation of the wires, according to police, is still on going.