Baggage Handler Busted in LAX Dry Ice Bombings

Cops suspect worker was angered by labor dispute
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2013 3:29 AM CDT
Baggage Handler Busted for LAX Dry Ice Bombs
The entrance to the Tom Bradley International Terminal in Los Angeles.   (AP PhotoAPTN)

(Newser) – 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 of ground handling company Servisair, was booked for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft and he is being held on $1 million bail. Police stepped up patrols and increased checks on employees after the blasts took place in employees-only areas of the airport Sunday night and then again Monday night.

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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 bombs were made by putting dry ice in 20-ounce plastic bottles and could have caused serious injury to anyone in close proximity, says the chief of the LAPD's counter-terrorism and special operations bureau, who believes the worker may have been disgruntled due to an internal labor dispute. (Read more Los Angeles stories.)

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