DVD delays Jamaican flight

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – A DVD with Islamic content found on a plane at a Jamaican airport led to the re-screening of dozens of passengers destined for London, an airport security official said Sunday.

John McFarlane, security chief at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, said all passengers on Thursday’s Virgin Atlantic flight to London were taken off the plane after the DVD was discovered by a crew member.

“Everyone was re-screened and the flight went off without a hitch” after a brief delay, McFarlane said Sunday.

McFarlane declined to specify exactly what the disc’s contents were, saying only that he was told it “was Islamic” and it made the flight crew “uncomfortable.”

He also did not say where it was found. None of the passengers claimed the DVD.

McFarlane called the additional security check a matter of “due diligence.”

A Virgin Atlantic spokesman did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

Jamaica has increased security at its two main airports following a Christmas Day bombing attempt on a U.S. airliner.

Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a 23-year-old passenger, was arrested after he allegedly tried to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Detroit. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claims it was behind the attempt.

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