August 18, 2004

Who Ever Thought Call Letters Could Be An Oxymoron?

If you follow the news at all, you've heard of the little incident at our local airport:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) A liquid leaked from an unclaimed bag Wednesday inside the Fort Wayne International Airport, causing some workers to report feeling ill and prompting authorities to halt passenger service.

. . .

Six people four airport workers and two emergency responders were decontaminated after the liquid was first seen leaking from a bag left unclaimed about an hour after the flight arrived, airport officials said.

The six were treated at a hospital and released, Richardson said.

A field test on the substance was inconclusive, Richardson said, and a second sample was sent to a laboratory for further testing.
It's all over the news today, everywhere from the afore-referenced McPaper article to my favorite tv station website, Orlando's Local6.

Everywhere, that is, except Fort Wayne's own NBC affiliate, WISE. As of 1PM Central Time, their website had no mention AT ALL of the incident, ten hours after it happened! Hardly an encouraging sign, especially since both their primary competitors do...

And don't even get me started about their HDTV non-coverage of the Olympics...

Update: The airport reopened about 1:30 CT; the substance was deemed non-hazardous but has been identified only as 'an ingredient used in making perfume.' Still no mention of the incident on UnWISE-TV's website.

Posted by Chris at August 18, 2004 12:10 PM

Category: Local Stuff

Um.....what the hell was the substance?

This ain't cool at all...

Posted by: Tman at August 18, 2004 12:14 PM

The fact that the doctor wasn't on the flight bothers me... I thought that sending your baggage along, but not being on the flight was one of the things they no longer permitted by the FAA.

Posted by: chess h at August 18, 2004 02:51 PM

WANE-TV is now saying it was rosewater, and other bottles in the bag contained orange blossom.

Still no word as to why the bag made it to FWA without him...

Posted by: Chris of Dangerous Logic at August 18, 2004 03:46 PM

OK, makes sense. My wife actually gets nauseated by rosewater too.

Posted by: chess h at August 18, 2004 07:36 PM