Workers' names prompt Unalaska security alert

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002

UNALASKA (AP) -- The names of three seafood processing workers from the Philippines set off an alarm at the airport in Unalaska on Wednesday.

The three Filipino fish processors were prevented from boarding a Peninsula Airways charter flight after a computer mistakenly identified them as security risks.

They were allowed to fly to Anchorage after police consulted the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation, said Unalaska Public Safety Director John Lucking.

FBI agent Eric Gonzalez said the names were the same as three people on a watch list created after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.

Lucking said the three were among 30 Trident Seafoods workers traveling together. The group was prevented from boarding the flight until the three individuals were cleared.

Peninsula Airways vice president Dick Harding said the flight departed on time. The workers flew on a chartered 30-seat Saab aircraft, after completing a season of processing Bering Sea pollock and cod at Trident Seafoods in Akutan, an island east of Unalaska in the Aleutian Chain.

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