Baggage handler 'at centre of labor dispute' arrested for planting dry ice bombs at LA airport

  • The blast happened a day after the first bomb went off on Sunday night
  • The first small blast occurred in an airport bathroom that is off-limits to passengers
  • This time the bomb was outside next to a plane
  • Two other similar devices were found

By Daily Mail Reporter

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A baggage handler has been arrested following a police investigation into two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport.

Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair, was booked Tuesday for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Police had stepped up patrols and increased its checks on employees after the blasts took place Sunday night and then again Monday night.

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Security scare: A total of four bombs have been found at Los Angeles International Airport in the last two days - two of which exploded

Security scare: A total of four bombs have been found at Los Angeles International Airport in the last two days - two of which exploded

Breach: Police have launched an investigation because all of the devices were found in restricted areas of the terminal

Breach: Police have launched an investigation because all of the devices were found in restricted areas of the terminal

Bennett allegedly took the dry ice from a plane and placed it in an employee restroom Sunday night and another device that was found on a tarmac outside the international terminal, according to a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation who wasn't authorised to speak publicly.

Police had previously said they didn't believe the explosions were an act of terror because of the locations of the devices and because people weren't targeted.

 

No one was injured in either incident, although some flights were delayed Sunday.

The incidents could be the work of a disgruntled employee due to an internal labor dispute, said Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michael Downing, who heads the department's counter-terrorism and special operations bureau.

Swissport recently agreed to acquire Servisair and the transaction is expected to close by the end of the year. An afterhours message seeking comment from Servisair was not immediately returned.

Officials are responding to an explosion at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police say there was an explosion involving a bottle of dry ice at Terminal 2

Officials are responding to an explosion at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police say there was an explosion involving a bottle of dry ice at Terminal 2

It wasn't immediately known what Bennett's motives were, but he was riding in a van with several others, including a supervisor, when he decided to plant one of the dry ice bombs, the official told The Associated Press.

Those in the van were aware of the dry ice, the official said, but no other arrests have been made.

The bombs were made by putting dry ice in 20-ounce plastic bottles and could have caused serious injury to anyone in close proximity, Downing said.

One device exploded in an employee men's room Sunday night in Terminal 2. Remnants of an exploded bottle also were found that night on the tarmac area near the Tom Bradley International Terminal, but an employee threw it away.

The same employee found an unexploded bottle Monday evening and then reported what he found the previous day.

While there are cameras in some of these restricted-access areas, Downing said there isn't as much camera coverage as in the public-access areas and investigators had been reviewing available video.

Dry ice is widely used by vendors to keep food fresh.

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They should make him reimburse LAX and law enforcement for all of the costs of the investigation into this bulls(*t.

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So dangerous. People in the bathroom might have winced and missed the urinal. Is this for reaal?

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OH Man I guess they are going to ban Dry Ice now!

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Wouldn't be a prank if someone stuck one in a garbage can. So now will the TSA be waving a thermometer over us to see if we have anything cold? Anyway just a short matter of time befoe they catch the dumba$$ since they have access to restricted areas.

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So let me get this straight, you people are advocating the government spend MORE money on your protection? How liberal of you.

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It's not the fact it was a relatively harmless dry ice bomb - it's the fact that they were all in places that could have caused serious damage if they were real bombs, with shrapnel and nails etc in them. This is the worry for the security at the airport. Next time it could be real

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what's the point of this? I hardly think any bit of ice would cause anyone any harm... kind of a stupid useless prank

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We used to make dry ice bombs in high school chemistry class. All they are is a container with the ice and a little water. All they do is make a noise, they are harmless. Could this be a prank or food services that stock the planes just being carless?

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Bomb is a little strong for some dry ice.

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