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Investigation looms after passenger finds needle in sandwich

Aug. 1, 2012, Toronto - An investigation is underway at Air Canada after a passenger found what appeared to be a sewing needle in a catered sandwich aboard a flight from Victoria to Toronto.


August 1, 2012
By The Canadian Press

Airline spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick says Air Canada is taking the matter "very seriously'' and is working closely with its caterers
to ensure "heightened security measures are in place.

He says the airline contacted its caterers as soon as it learned about Monday's needle discovery.

Fitzpatrick says a "full investigation'' is underway and the airline is co-operating with police looking into the incident.

He says the airline has not received any further reports of similar incidents.

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Meanwhile, a spokesman for Dutch police investigating how needles got into six turkey sandwiches on Delta Air Lines flights from
Amsterdam to U.S. cities last month says it's too early to tell whether there's any direction connection with the Air Canada
incident.

Dutch police officer Robert van Kapel said Dutch investigators have been interrogating witnesses in the chain of people who had
access to the Delta sandwiches, and were examining the actual sandwiches Wednesday.

He said it was too early to rule out a copycat or link with the Air Canada incident.