Suspicious package causes delay at SFO 

A suspicious package aboard United Flight 972 halted an on-time departure for the jet bound for Chicago on Tuesday morning.

United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy said when the Boeing 757 jet was headed toward the runway around 10:12 a.m., the crew noticed a suspicious package on board.

According to TSA spokeswoman Suzanne Trevino, the package had a suspicious smell coming from it.

Trevino said the plane was taken to a secure location where passengers were rescreened and K9s were taken onboard the aircraft to search for additional packages.

An elderly couple was also questioned, but the package and the couple are not considered a threat, Trevino said.

“This is not going to turn into a security incident,” Trevino said. “The elderly couple had come from an international flight. They are not dangers.”

The 181 passengers and 7 crew on the United flight are being reboarded nearly four hours after scheduled departure. Trevino said the aircraft has been cleared and will leave for Chicago this afternoon.

No other traffic at the airport was affected by the incident, Trevino said.


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