You Won’t Believe What Delta Passengers Found in Their Turkey Sandwiches

MINNEAPOLIS (The Blaze/AP) — Airline food may be notorious for not being the best of cuisine, but it’s not poor flavor that has passengers feeling prickly of late. On flights over the weekend, sandwiches served aboard four Delta Air Lines flights were found to have needles embedded in them.

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Now, Delta and the FBI are trying to figure out how needles got into turkey sandwiches served on the flights from Amsterdam. One passenger was injured.

Needle shown inside one of the turkey sandwiches. (Image: ABC News screenshot)

The airline said that what appear to be sewing needles were found in five sandwiches on Sunday. One passenger on a flight to Minneapolis was injured, but the passenger declined to get medical attention, according to Delta spokeswoman Kristin Baur. The other needles were on two flights to Atlanta and one to Seattle.

Watch the ABC News report with an interview from one of the unlucky business class passengers who received a needle in his sandwich:

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James Tonges said to ABC News he felt the needle on his second bite.

“I bit down and felt a poke in the top of my mouth,” Tonges said. When I pulled it out, it was very clear. I cleaned the food off. It was about a 1-inch long straight needle.”

James Tonges (Image: ABC News screenshot)

Tonges continued saying at the moment he feels “OK,” but he has been warned to watch for symptoms.

“It’s just kind of a wait and see game now,” Tonges said.

The FBI’s Atlanta office has opened a criminal investigation into the matter, the agency said in a written statement. An FBI spokesman in Atlanta did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Baur said flight attendants stopped serving the sandwiches as soon as the needle was discovered. Messages went out to other flights en route from Amsterdam, where the sandwiches had been prepared by a catering company. Another sandwich served on the Minneapolis-bound flight also had a needle, Baur said.

After the needles were found, passengers got pizza instead.

The needles were described as 1-inch long straight needles. (Image: ABC News screenshot)

Baur said security for its meal production has been increased and it is using more prepackaged food while the investigation continues.

“Delta is taking this matter extremely seriously and is cooperating with local and federal authorities who are investigating the incident. Delta has taken immediate action with our in-flight caterer at Amsterdam to ensure the safety and quality of the food we provide onboard our aircraft,” the airline said in a written statement.

The sandwiches were made in the Amsterdam kitchen of catering company Gate Gourmet, and were to be served to business class passengers on Delta flights.

Gate Gourmet spokeswoman Christina Ulosevich said the company has gotten no reports of similar incidents on any of the other airlines it serves out of Amsterdam. She said the company did not yet know how the needles got into the sandwiches.

Gate Gourmet issued a statement saying, “We take this matter very seriously, and we have launched our own full-scale investigation.” It also said it was “heightening our already stringent safety and security procedures, to prevent any recurrence.”

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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