Statement From Charlotte Douglas Regarding Tisdale Investigation


The Airport has been unable to respond to many media questions or inquiries for information regarding the death of Delvonte Tisdale because until Friday, December 10, the Airport was not a party in any of the investigations. The following information details the airport's involvement to date. On Wednesday, December 1, 2010, the Airport was notified by Federal Aviation Administration -Flight Standards that they had been contacted by Massachusetts law enforcement and would be working with US Airways Corporate Security regarding the matter. On Friday, December 3, 2010, the Airport was notified by US Airways that Massachusetts law enforcement would be on site to assess two US Airways aircraft in connection with the death of Delvonte Tisdale. At this time, US Airways asked that any media calls received be forwarded to their media group and advised that US Airways Corporate Security would be handling the visit. On Friday, December 10, 2010, the Airport learned via a press conference that Massachusetts law enforcement believed Delvonte Tisdale stowed away on an aircraft that originated in Charlotte. Per the press conference, Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating reported that Homeland Security officials had been notified. On Friday evening, December 10, 2010, the TSA sent the Airport a press statement that was being released to the media regarding a forthcoming investigation. On Monday, December 13, 2010, the TSA asked the Airport to assist in an upcoming investigation. It is our intention to fully cooperate with the appropriate federal officials. Per policy, we are unable to discuss matters of security and details of any investigation.