PRNewswire-FirstCall DALLAS Oct. 17 :
While performing maintenance on an aircraft lavatory in New Orleans last
evening, several items were discovered in a lavatory compartment. The
items, inside a small plastic bag, included a small number of boxcutters
and other items intended to simulate a threat.
A similar discovery was made in Houston last night on another aircraft
during a scheduled maintenance inspection (C check).
A note in both packages indicated the items were intended to challenge the
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint security
Both discoveries were made on Thursday night, Oct. 16, by Southwest
Airlines Employees. These items were immediately turned over to
authorities with whom we will continue to cooperate during this
After consulting with the TSA, we immediately completed inspections of our
entire fleet of 385 aircraft and found no additional miscellaneous items.
We continue to cooperate with the TSA and FBI to determine the origin of
We will not speculate on who might have left these items onboard. We will
cooperate with the federal authorities to investigate this thoroughly.