Ground Employee Arrested in LA Airport Ice Blasts, Gets $1 Million Bond

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  • LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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.

    Bennett 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 authorized 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.

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