Police and Airport Leaders Happy with Response to Plane Incident
Federal officials are keeping quiet about what happened on a flight coming into Traverse City that had a report of suspicious activity on board. It's a story 9&10 News has been following closely. The United Express plane taxied to a secluded area where officers evacuated passengers and detained one of the passengers, a 28-year-old California man. Police later told reporters that passenger left something in the bathroom and when the flight crew looked, they found a wall panel tampered with. A bomb-sniffing dog later found nothing out of the ordinary. The Traverse City Police Department has since closed its part of the investigation, and now it's in the hands of the FBI. An FBI spokesperson wouldn't comment on where the investigation currently stands. But looking back at the situation, police and airport leaders tell us they're very happy with how everything got handled. “I think it makes us feel good that we're ready for anything that might go on out there,” says Capt. Steve Morgan with the Traverse City Police Department. Morgan says officers routinely work with the airport to prepare for situations like what happened Friday. “One of the things we were very pleased with is that everything went very smoothly and it went according to planned,” says Stephen Cassens, Airport Director at Cherry Capital Airport. 9&10's Ryan Raiche and Photojournalist Jeremy Erickson have the story.