A needle was found in a sandwich served aboard an Air Canada flight from Victoria, British Columbia, to Toronto on Monday, according to ABC News. Authorities have stated that the item in-question appeared to be a sewing needle, prompting officials to launch an investigation into the matter. Air Canada has made contact with the company responsible for preparing the meal, though they have refused to release the name to the public.
Peter Fitzpatrick, spokesperson for the airline, stated that Air Canada is fully cooperating with officials. Additionally, he explained to Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that the company is working with the caterer responsible for providing the meals to ensure that heightened security measures are put into place. The ultimate goal, of course, is to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.
What’s alarming about this particular story is that it arrives two weeks after several needles were discovered by passengers aboard a Delta Airlines flights from Netherlands to Seattle, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Two individuals aboard the Minneapolis flight suffered injuries from the objects, while another was placed on an antiretroviral drug used in the treatment of HIV.
After a local television station revealed how easy is to tamper with airline food last year, TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein assured frequent fliers that the Aviation and Transportation Security Act was put into place to prevent this sort of activity from taking place.
“TSA has developed procedures that airlines and their contractors must follow to ensure the secure movement of catering supplies, carts and vehicles,” she explained to the International Business Times. She also added that the agency frequently “conducts ongoing inspections to ensure airlines and contractors comply with security requirements.”
Although there are currently no connections between the incidents aboard Delta Airlines and Air Canada, Dutch police officer Robert van Kapel explained on Wednesday that authorities had not completely ruled out the possibility of a copycat crime.