An incident occurred on a Copa Airlines aircraft from Panama City to Tampa, which was forced to return for an investigation due to a possible bomb threat shortly after taking off. On Friday, a Copa Airlines flight from Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport to Tampa, Florida got information regarding a suspicious object in one of the plane’s lavatories. The plane returned to Panama and was routed to an isolated tarmac. Following that,144 people were evacuated, and the plane was extensively checked by anti-explosive crew.
The security staff at Panama City’s Toucmen International Airport, however, performed a thorough investigation of the flight and discovered that the suspected bomb was, in fact, an adult nappy.
The Special Forces Units Activated the Emergency Protocol
The Panamanian National Police stated on its X account, “After an alert by @aacivilpty of a foreign object on an airline, the Special Forces units activated the emergency protocol, and when verified, it turned out to be a disposable adult diaper.”
“We had it on a secure runway where police special explosives canine units and special forces examined the object and found it to be an adult diaper, ruling out any risk,” Jose Castro, the airport’s security team’s chief, explained.
According to The New York Post, the flight took departure at 9:36 a.m., but after returning to Panama City for a security check, it took off again just after 2 p.m., arriving in Tampa just before 7 p.m.