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Operations normal at D.C. airports

No suspicious packages have been reported so far on cargo planes at the Washington region's three airports, authorities said Friday, but it was still unclear if security had been heightened in the wake of reports that suspicious packages had been found on United Parcel Service airliners in other U.S. cities.

Authorities are investigating items on two UPS cargo planes at Philadelphia International Airport and another airliner at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, along with a UPS delivery truck in New York, after a suspicious package was found aboard one of the delivery company's planes in England, the company said.

Transportation Security Administration officials say they are still investigating.

Dulles does have regular UPS cargo flights in the early morning and late evening but no reports of suspicious packages had been received by Friday afternoon, said Courtney Mickalonis, a spokeswoman with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees Dulles and Reagan National.

Operations are also normal at Baltimore-Washington Marshall International Airport, said Jonathan Dean, an airport spokesman.

-- Derek Kravitz

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Comments

Looks like Anwar al-Awlaki and the boys
are probing the system for a massive Nov 3.
election day surprise.
Where's the FBI?

Posted by: steve_real | October 29, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Airport security must always be on the alert, not only for terrorists but mostly for drug smugglers. The search process must be thorough to prevent illegal drugs from entering the nation. The vagina due to its relatively shallow depth is rarely used by smugglers since the anal canal is deep and elastic. Many times the whole arm must be inserted to bring out the contraband. A packet of coke can fetch a few thousand dollars, not a bad prize for a few minutes of anal diving by a corrupt airport official. For honest travelers who do not like to be touched, it is best to use the X ray body scan.

Posted by: morristhewise | October 29, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Give the Nervous Nellies a little time, and we'll get word of another "suspicious" something or other somewhere.

Fear always stokes such reports.

Posted by: clitteigh | October 29, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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