Foot powder delays Jacksonville flight

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Passengers taking a Southwest Airlines flight to Jacksonville on Sunday were taken off the plane in Birmingham, Ala., after a flight attendant spotted white powder leaking from a box, but it turned out to be harmless foot powder.

After testing determined there was nothing dangerous about the substance, the 77 passengers were put back on the plane and it made its flight to Jacksonville.

"It was a false alarm, but it was to be on the safe side," said Southwest spokesman Paul Flaningan.

He said Flight 602, scheduled to take off from Birmingham, Ala., at 6:20 p.m., was delayed when a flight attendant noticed a white powdery substance coming from a box in an overhead bin.

Authorities decided to remove passengers from the plane and a hazardous materials team went on board to check it out.

A passenger said he thought the white substance was foot powder he had packed, and testing showed that was the case, Flaningan said.

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