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Charlotte Ebola survivor donates plasma to NYC doc with virus

Charlotte Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol donated plasma Friday to a New York City doctor battling the virus, Channel 9 confirmed.

Dr. Craig Spencer, working for Doctors Without Borders returned from Guinea was admitted to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital Center earlier this week to be treated for Ebola.

Writebol was one of the first two Americans diagnosed with the Ebola virus. She was successfully treated at Emory Hospital in Atlanta in August.

Few details offered on quarantines over Ebola
VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone is the first test case of quarantine policies now in effect in three states over heightened fears the deadly virus could be spread by health care workers returning to the United States.

The sketchy details of how such quarantines will be handled are drawing sharp criticism from humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, and infectious disease experts said Saturday that many of the logistics about enforcement are likely still up in the air.

Kaci Hickox, a Doctors Without Borders nurse, remained isolated at a hospital Saturday, a day after she returned to the U.S. and the governors of New York, New Jersey and Illinois announced mandatory 21-day quarantines for arriving travelers who had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa.

Health officials said Hickox was transported to a hospital after running a fever, but the nurse told the Dallas Morning News she was merely flushed because she was upset by a quarantine process she described as treating her like a criminal.

"This is not a situation I would wish on anyone, and I am scared for those who will follow me," Hickox wrote in an essay for the newspaper.

Health officials said preliminary tests for Ebola came back negative for Hickox but Newark University Hospital would not say if she would be released for the balance of the quarantine period or remain in the hospital.

In the very early stages of Ebola, patients may still test negative because the virus has not yet reached detectable levels in the blood. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it may take up to three days after the onset of symptoms for the virus to reach detectable levels in some patients, prompting repeat testing in some cases.

Doctors Without Borders executive director Sophie Delaunay complained Saturday about the "notable lack of clarity" from state officials about the quarantine policies, and an American Civil Liberties Union official in New Jersey said the state must provide more information on how it determined that mandatory quarantines were necessary.

"Coercive measures like mandatory quarantine of people exhibiting no symptoms of Ebola and when not medically necessary raise serious constitutional concerns about the state abusing its powers," said Udi Ofer, executive director of the ACLU of New Jersey.

Doctors Without Borders said Hickox has not been issued an order of quarantine specifying how long she must be isolated and is being kept in an unheated tent. It urged the "fair and reasonable treatment" of health workers fighting the Ebola outbreak.

"We are attempting to clarify the details of the protocols with each state's departments of health to gain a full understanding of their requirements and implications," Delaunay said in a statement.

Indeed, health officials in all three states with quarantine policies did not return messages Saturday from The Associated Press seeking details about enforcement.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, campaigning Saturday in Iowa for a fellow Republican, said he sympathizes for Hickox but said he has to do what he can to ensure public health safety.

"My heart goes out to her," the governor said, while also noting that state and local health officials would make sure quarantine rules are enforced. He said the New Jersey State Police will not be involved.

Dr. Irwin Redlener, a Columbia University professor and director of the New York-based National Center for Disaster Preparedness, said the logistics of such a policy are "a problem."

"The challenge now is how you translate this quarantine plan to operational protocol," said Redlener, who attended a meeting with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on who should be under home quarantine and how to monitor them. That could involve case managers who keep an eye on home-bound people, Redlener said.

Cuomo and Christie on Friday imposed a mandatory quarantine of 21 days — the incubation period of the deadly virus — on travelers who have had contact with Ebola patients in the countries ravaged by the virus — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. A similar measure was announced in Illinois, where officials say such travelers could be quarantined at home.

The quarantine measures were announced after a New York physician, Craig Spencer, working for Doctors Without Borders returned from Guinea was admitted to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital Center earlier this week to be treated for Ebola.

His fiancee was released from Bellevue on Saturday night but will remain quarantined in the couple's Harlem apartment. She and two of Spencer's friends would remain quarantined until Nov. 14, officials said. They currently do not have any Ebola symptoms.

Hospital officials said in a statement Saturday that Spencer was awake and communicating and "experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms."

De Blasio was not consulted by Cuomo about the new airport regulations, and the governor's warning Friday that "hundreds and hundreds of people" could be infected by simply riding a bus with an Ebola patient ran contrary to the mayor's attempts to tamp down public fear.

"We understand in a fast-moving situation, sometimes there will be moments where the communication is not everything we want it to be," de Blasio said Saturday after he had lunch at a Manhattan meatball restaurant visited by Spencer earlier in the week.

A senior White House official said Saturday that how to treat health care workers returning from the affected West African countries continues to be discussed at policy meetings on Ebola as the administration continues to take a "careful look" at its policies.

At the same time, the administration, in considering policy changes, says it is trying to balance the public's health and safety with the need to eliminate Ebola at the source.

"We will not hesitate to take any action that we feel has the potential to fortify us against additional imported Ebola cases," the official said.

But Redlener warned that quarantines might discourage doctors and nurses from going to West Africa to help, an issue raised by aid groups and Dr. Rick Sacra, one of the American health care workers successfully treated for Ebola contracted while he worked in Liberia.

"Until Ebola is under control in Africa, we're never going to see the end of such cases coming to the United States," Redlener said.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:32:49 -0400

Driver sent to hospital after crashing through Kannapolis home

One man was rushed to the hospital after police said he drove through a stop sign and crashed into a house in Kannapolis.
The accident happened on Lee Street late Saturday afternoon.
Police believe the driver had some sort of medical condition.
The homeowner wasn't home at the time.
The driver’s condition is not known.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:21:57 -0400

Unlicensed juvenile driver charged in deadly moped wreck

Police said they're charging an unlicensed juvenile with involuntary manslaughter in a crash that killed a moped rider in east Charlotte.
They said the juvenile crossed the centerline on Wallace Avenue Saturday morning and hit John Johnson's moped head-on.
They believe the driver was driving 50 mph in a 25 mph zone.
Johnson was thrown about 100 feet off the moped.
A resident said she called 911 and comforted the victim.

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Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:00:10 -0400

Police: Victim knew gunman in west Charlotte shooting

Police are investigating a shooting that left one victim with life-threatening injuries in west Charlotte.
They said the victim was shot on Elon Street near Freedom Drive around midnight Friday.
They said the victim was able to describe the shooter as someone he knew.
Police were questioning someone but hadn't made an arrest yet.

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Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:42:57 -0400

Detectives investigate Iredell Co. murder-suicide

Detectives in Iredell County are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide in Statesville.

Officers found Jamie Moore, 41, and Kimberly Kemp, 40, dead inside their home on Fairdale Road late Friday night.

Investigator said a relative received a disturbing phone call from Moore before the shooting.

The relative went to the couple’s home and reportedly saw Moore lying inside the house with a weapon beside him. The relative called 911. Deputies entered the home and found Moore and Kemp with fatal gunshot wounds.

Investigator said Kemp was in the hallway and had been shot several times.

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Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:27:55 -0400

Police: Attacker kidnapped, beat 2 men with broom handle, chair

Police said a man kidnapped two men Saturday in Statesville, and beat them with a broom handle and a wooden chair.

Mark Baron Wilson, 45, of Statesville, entered a vacant residence and accused two men of damaging his brother’s vehicle, police said in a news release.

A fight broke out, and police said Wilson beat the two in the face and head with a broom handle. Wilson then held the men in the house for two hours. If the victims attempted to leave they were beaten.

Police said at one point Wilson used a wooden chair that broke into pieces. But that didn’t stop the assault. Wilson used a wooden leg from the chair to continue striking one of the victims.

Wilson later fled and is still on the loose.

Statesville police responded to the assault in the 1300 block of Fifth Street. When they arrived they found a 51-year-old victim sitting on the curb with cuts on his face, and swelling to his face and head. He was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital; he was later transferred to Baptist Hospital.

The second victim, a 50-year-old man, was inside the home with minor cuts to his face.

Investigators have warrants out on Wilson for two counts of first-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, and intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Anyone with information about the location of Wilson can contact the Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3406 or Iredell Crime Stoppers at 704-662-1340.  Callers can remain anonymous and a cash reward is possible.

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Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:35:46 -0400

Deputies: 2 found dead inside car in Cabarrus Co.

Cabarrus County deputies are investigating two bodies found inside a car.

Police said at about 10 p.m. Friday they received a call from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to look for a missing Charlotte man in Midland.
Officers said when they arrived that they found Enver Catic and Roseanne Harden dead in a car on a dirt path off Highway 24-27 East.
They said autopsy results are pending but it doesn’t appear there was another person involved.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:47:15 -0400

Hillary Clinton, Hagan rally at Charlotte Convention Center

Former Secretary of State of State Hillary Clinton urged North Carolina Democrats on Saturday to work to re-elect Senator Kay Hagan, stumping for the incumbent in a race that will help decide which party controls the US Senate.

IMAGES: Hillary Clinton, Hagan rally at Charlotte Convention Center

Clinton headlined a rally in Charlotte with Hagan, who is locked in a tight re-election campaign against Republican challenger Thom Tillis.

RAW VIDEO: Protesters led out of Clinton/ Hagan rally in Charlotte

Before more than 1,000 people in a convention center ballroom, Clinton said the race will come down to turnout. And she asked Hagan's supporters to get voters to the polls on her behalf.

 VIDEO CLIP: Hillary Clinton at Kay Hagan rally

"A race will often come down to who has more money, who is peddling more fear and who turns out. And there is nothing more important for Kay than who turns out," she said.

Special Section: North Carolina 2014 Senate Race

Hagan also focused on that point.

"You better believe that the eyes of the country are on North Carolina right now," Hagan said. "Folks all across the nation are looking at our state to see if our grassroots effort can still triumph over out-of-state billionaires" who are "trying to buy this election."

VIDEO CLIP: 'Eyes of the country are on North Carolina'

Republicans have long eyed North Carolina as a top target to help win back the Senate.

The campaign is considered the most expensive in the country when spending by Hagan, Tillis and outside groups is taken into account. The Center for Responsive Politics recently said the combined amount has now reached almost $90 million.

VIDEO CLIP: Hagan on economy

"I can only win the election with your help," Hagan said, adding that early voting has started and that she needs her supporters to "take three people to the polls before election day."

VIDEO CLIP: Hagan on voting

Tillis has brought in his share of top GOP leaders to campaign for him this fall, including 2016 hopefuls New Jersey Gov. Chris Cristie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:54:24 -0400

Electrical issue on moving walkway causes fire at airport

A "mechanical-type" fire on a moving walkway sent smoke billowing through parts of two concourses at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Saturday afternoon, according to emergency responders.

Firefighters responded to the fire just before 1 p.m. The issue happened on the moving walkway immediately past the Concourse D security checkpoint.

"The challenge here was this type of structure and the significance of the smoke conditions that this fire produced," said Capt. Rob Brisley with the Charlotte Fire Department.

The smoke impacted parts of Concourses D and E. Airline officials said dozens of flights were delayed because of the issue. Despite the smoke, the airport was never closed.

"We can handle the emergencies out here," said Brisley.

Six people were evaluated for treatment on scene and released, according to MEDIC.

Charlotte Fire investigators are working to determine exactly what led to the fire.

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Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:04:11 -0400

Man texts probation officer looking for weed

Sometimes, technology can be difficult.

A Georgia man learned that lesson the hard way after he pleaded guilty to cocaine possession this week.

WALB reports law enforcement raided the home of Alvin Cross Jr., after his probation officer received a text.  Cross had accidentally texted his probation officer asking "You have some weed?'

Law enforcement didn't find any weed inside Cross' home.  Instead, Dougherty County deputies tell The Huffington Post they found a bag of cocaine.

Cross had been in prison after being convicted of a 2006 armed robbery.  He will now be returning to prison for another year.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:11:23 -0400

Tabasco sauce used to train Ebola health care workers

It may sound strange, but Tabasco hot sauce is proving to be a successful training aid for health care workers learning how to avoid contamination when taking care of patients with the Ebola virus.

ABC News reports that at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, staff preparing new biocontainment units are using the popular hot sauce condiment in their training. The spicy sauce is used to represent bodily fluids containing the Ebola virus.

Artificial patients are doused with the sauce, and health care workers then perform treatment tasks. At the end of the drill is the real test: removing their contaminated gear safely.

Originally, ketchup mixed with water was used. Tabasco is ideal to use in this situation because workers know immediately that they have come in contact with contaminated fluids from the stinging sensation that the capsaicin in the sauce creates. Capsaicin is the chemical that makes foods spicy.

Doramarie Arocha, director of infection prevention, came up with the idea to use Tabasco sauce and has trainees rub their eyes and touch their lips after they finish removing their protective gear. If they receive no tingling or stinging sensation, they know they have safely removed their gear and avoided contamination.

The new biocontainment units are part of Gov. Rick Perry’s initiative to address any future Ebola outbreaks in the state.

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:47:36 -0400

Post office plan to deliver groceries gets green light

The United States Postal Service knows a thing or two about delivering the mail, but they haven't been quite so good at turning a profit. Fortunately, the agency's got a plan to help turn things around — daily grocery deliveries.

The Postal Regulatory Commission approved a two-year market test of a grocery delivery service, called Customized Delivery.

It's an expanded version of USPS's partnership with Amazon, which let USPS pick up and deliver groceries ordered on Amazon in San Francisco. The new plan calls for more retail partners and a wider scope. 

Now, Customized Delivery isn't going to single-handedly revive the post office's flagging finances — potential revenue from the program is currently capped at $10 million, which would hardly make a dent in the estimated $100 billion USPS owes in debt and unfunded liabilities.

But as a Motley Fool writer points out, it "tests a path which could fundamentally change how the post office does business. ... Leveraging a partner for delivery makes more sense and the USPS and online retail in general are natural partners."

But these aren't uncharted waters — home grocery delivery is going through a resurgence in popularity, and the USPS's new venture will be competing against companies like Peapod and FreshDirect, along with heavyweights like Wal-Mart and startups like Uber's Corner Store.

And the post office's entry into the market hasn't been welcomed by everyone — the Taxpayers Protection Alliance submitted complaints to USPS regulators when the plan was proposed, claiming USPS will unfairly distort the market.

"This action works to hurt private businesses who cannot afford to bring their price down to a level where they can be competitive. A government agency should not be working to compete with American businesses." 

The latest plan is just one recent move the USPS has made to help the agency survive, including partnerships with Amazon to support Sunday deliveries, and a partnership with office-supply chain Staples to open new postal centers at Staples locations.

This video includes images from Getty Images.


Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:49:12 -0400

Paintings on rocks in national parks: Art or vandalism?

An unknown author once said, "The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.” 

And that's similar to the purpose of national parks in the U.S. — conserving Mother Nature's natural beauty.

But what if nature is "rearranged" by human hands in the name of art? Can it really be called art or is it something closer to vandalism? 

That's a question being asked by media outlets and park enthusiasts around the country after this article by Modern Hiker was published earlier this week. Similar drawings have been found in as many as 10 different national parks around the western U.S. 

It's believed the woman behind the drawings is Casey Nocket, but authorities have yet to confirm that. That was discovered after a number of the images were posted to an Instagram account called Creepy Tings — the same name the drawings are signed under. (Video via KTVX)

News of the drawings soon reached social media sites like Reddit, where an investigator in Yosemite National Park asked for more pictures to help with the investigation.  

The National Park Service has also issued a press release calling the drawings "vandalism" and noting the issue is taken very seriously. So far parks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah have all discovered images signed by Creepy Tings. 

We will note, none of the drawings found contained offensive or discriminatory material. Now, it's not just the vandalism that has created a frenzy but also the so-called artist's lack of remorse for the seriousness of the crimes.

Modern Hiker's Casey Schreiner captured this conversation on the Creepy Tings Instagram before it was made private. One user asks, "Is that paint or chalk?"  A person believed to be Casey Nocket replies, "acrylic." The user then posts a sad face and Nocket writes back, saying, "I know, I'm a bad person." 

KSL-TV: "Holy cow, you know, what are you thinking? ... In this day in age with the knowledge we have of the value of our national parks and then to be so stupid that you post it. ... Who in the world does this person think she is?" 

And that sentiment is one shared by many. The number of signatures on this White House petition is increasing by the second. The petition asks, "Please don't allow her to receive a slap. Please pursue the most serious of charges for these offenses."

KUTV: ZION NATIONAL PARK INVESTIGATOR:  "At Zion we get about 3 million visitors a year, so imagine if 3 million people left their mark." 

"The rocks are the art." 

​The vandalism is a federal offense. If Casey Nocket, who is said to be from the New York area, is found to be behind the vandalism,  she could face jail time and some serious fines. 

This video includes an image from Getty Images. 

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:34:16 -0400

President Obama hugs Ebola survivor to quell fears

Ever since Ebola made landfall in the U.S., the Obama administration and health professionals have been trying to curb fears about Ebola — most of them stemming from misinformation. 

Maybe that’s why this moment Friday was so big: Dallas nurse and former Ebola patient Nina Pham was declared Ebola-free and was later embraced by President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.

No reporters were allowed in the meeting. Only photographers were allowed, and they snapped tons of pictures. But it was a move that could help curb fears about Ebola for a number of reasons.

“He is the president and he was not at all concerned,” said Josh Earnest via The White House.

And most Americans shouldn’t be concerned either. The hug demonstrated that a cured patient isn’t in danger of getting anyone else infected.

Maybe this is a way to show that, despite fears about the virus, Ebola survivors should be welcomed back into society without reservation.

An all-clear diagnosis for Pham and Amber Vinson, the other Dallas nurse who was declared Ebola-free this week, is hugely significant given that they were infected by Thomas Eric Duncan, the only Ebola patient in the U.S. to die from the illness. (Video via KDFW)

Duncan’s treatment and the infection of two of his nurses raised questions about America’s preparedness to deal with Ebola. (Video via MSNBC)

The hug between President Obama and Pham obviously won’t get rid of Ebola, but it could be just another small victory in helping cure Americans of their fears surrounding this deadly disease.

This video includes images from Getty Images. 

Published: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:54:28 -0400

Grand jury indicts group accused of robbing sandwich shops

A grand jury just filed a bill of indictment against a group accused of going on a crime spree.
Investigators said Dashawn Hunt and two others terrorized two sandwich shops and the employees inside.
Police said in February, Hunt and one other person tied a delivery driver up inside McAlister's Deli in Mooresville, then took the safe.
Four days later, investigators believe Hunt and another person robbed a Firehouse Subs in Indian Trail, then crashed during a police chase.
All three suspects are in jail Friday.

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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:05:14 -0400

3K gallons of wastewater spills into Charlotte creek, officials say

Nearly 3,000 gallons of untreated wastewater was dumped into a creek in northeast Charlotte.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg utilities said it happened near Equipment Drive in Doby Creek.

Officials said they're still trying to figure out what happened and they always notify the public of discharges of more than 1,000 gallons.

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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:00:20 -0400

Rock Hill police arrest 5 for possessing heroin

Rock Hill officers said they arrested five people outside Academy Sports with several grams of heroin and marijuana inside a car.

Police were responding to a report of intoxicated people Thursday when they found the five outside, according to a report.

Police said Lucas Shepard admitted they had drugs in the car and that they had all driven to Charlotte to buy heroin.

All five were charged with possession of heroin.

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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:18:30 -0400

Man attacked, robbed by assailants posing as stranded motorists

A Charlotte father was attacked and robbed when he tried to help a stranded driver in south Charlotte and the assailants are still on the loose.
The victim told Channel 9 he saw a car with its hazard lights on Sharon Lane so he stopped to help.
But he said his good deed quickly turned terrifying when the stranded motorists jumped him from behind.
Mauricio Maeda suffered cuts and bruises 10 days ago and they still cover his face and body.
Being a mechanic, he was just trying to help a stranded motorist at night waving for help on the side of Sharon Lane.

“I asked him what was going on and he told me,” Maeda said. “He asked for charger cables and I told them I do have one.”               
As the 27-year-old father of two went to get the jumper cables he said another man came from behind and hit him in the back of the head with a bottle. Then both men pulled out a gun, attacked him and robbed him.
Maeda said he thought he was going to die and could only think of his two girls at home.

Now he can’t work because of his injuries.

“I always said to myself, ‘I was never going to help’ because I hear stories from other people and now I'm part of them.”
The victim said police did find the car the attackers were driving but they have not made any arrests. 

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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:08:07 -0400

Over 100k vote early on first day in NC

Mecklenburg County appears to like early voting. First-day totals equaled the numbers compiled in the first four days of early voting in 2010.

Early voting: What you need to know

Lines and strong demand by voters were evident again Friday. Marion White had to go to his North Charlotte polling place twice in order to vote.

"I expected lines about this long, but this morning the line was back there," White said, pointing 25 yards away.

Despite a state law cutting early voting by seven days this election, 118,000 ballots were cast Thursday in North Carolina.  Fifty-one percent were registered Democrats, 29 percent were Republicans and 20 percent were unaffiliated voters.

Political expert Michael Bitzer says they're a positive sign for Sen. Kay Hagan, who is engaged in a tight race with Thom Tillis. 
"It looks like Democrats do have their ground game in full effect this year," Bitzer said.

Bitzer says it also appears black voters are turning out in higher numbers than usual. At a polling site on Beatties Ford Road, Marvin Bias, who is black, said, "We think we've been targeted with these new laws, so that's why we've been motivated."

North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is pushing for even more voter energy. On Saturday potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Charlotte campaigning for Hagan. 
Next week Republican Mitt Romney will stump for Tillis. 
Michael Bitzer says it's a sign both camps know the race is extremely tight.

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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:46:22 -0400

Officials: ‘Security issue’ onboard U.S. Airway flight in Charlotte

There was a security scare aboard a U.S. Airways plane Friday at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

“There were people crying,” passenger Megan Wiora said. “There were people praying.”

Wiora called the situation on Flight 744 scary. Chopper 9 Skyzoom was in the air after the flight from Dallas landed and an Eyewitness News crew could see emergency vehicles on the tarmac.

“There were at least six fire trucks,” Wiora said.

Passengers told Eyewitness News they were alerted mid-flight that there was a security concern, but they weren't given any information about what the concern was.

“The pilot came on and said there was a security situation,” Tom Hansbury said.

They were told to stay seated and not use electronics.

“Once we landed we weren't allowed to use anything on our phones and people were obviously interviewed,” Wiora said.

Passengers said some passengers were interviewed by FBI agents and escorted off the plane.

“The FBI took over, was in charge,” Hansbury said.

Eyewitness News reached out to the FBI and asked what prompted the security concern. The FBI Charlotte Division sent this response:

“The FBI Charlotte Division and multiple other law enforcement agencies responded to a security concern onboard a U.S. Airways flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Out of an abundance of caution security protocols were implemented and are being followed at this time which includes interviewing passengers. Additional information will be released when appropriate.”

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Published: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:57:22 -0400