BY ANNIE SWEENEY Crime Reporter [email protected]
A bullet was recovered Sunday from a United Airlines plane that was about to take off from O'Hare Airport, delaying the departure while all passengers were re-screened.
A passenger aboard Flight 686 to LaGuardia said the bullet rolled onto the floor as people were storing items in the overhead bins.
A passenger then alerted the captain about the bullet, which resulted in the de-boarding of the plane and re-screening of passengers, authorities said.
A few passengers were interviewed about the bullet, but because no one admitted to owning it, there were no arrests, Transportation Security Administration spokesman Elio Montenegro said. Montenegro said he did not know how the bullet -- which is prohibited aboard a plane -- passed through the screening.
"We don't know how it got on board,'' Montenegro said. "We have no idea."
United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said the flight left two hours later than scheduled.