Flight Returns Due to Pepper Spray

Jan 20, 2009 — Southwest Airlines flight 295 returned to Sacramento International Airport Sunday night after passengers complained of various forms of irritation and a chemical odor much like that caused by pepper spray. Hazmat teams searched the plane and all the luggage once it landed but did not find the pepper spray source. A small canister of pepper spray was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag. It was determined that the canister found had not been opened and was not the source of the odor. The passenger did violate security rules by bringing the pepper spray on-board.
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