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Cleaning agent causes scare in the sky

July 13, 2012
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BALTIMORE — A Southwest flight made a scheduled landing at Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) airport on Thursday, but it had an emergency on board, according to WJZ-TV.

During the flight, which originated in Norfolk, Virginia, a flight attendant became sick; when the flight landed it was determined that a second flight attendant was also ill, both complaining of nausea, the article stated.

According to the article, both were taken to the hospital and a hazardous materials (Hazmat) team with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department inspected the plane.

"They did get air samples to try and get an idea of what possibly could have been the cause and they determined that it''s a cleaning agent that was on board the aircraft, probably used in Norfolk on the ground," said Jack Cahalan, a spokesman for BWI Airport.

It''s unclear exactly what type of cleaning agent or material made the flight attendants sick, the article noted.

Authorities at BWI Marshall Airport have no reason to believe that this emergency involved anything other than a restroom spray, the article added.

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