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Toilet paper scare prompts evacuation of Alaska Airlines jet

/ Source: NBC News and news services

An Alaska Airlines jet was evacuated Friday afternoon at the Orange County, Calif., airport after a suspicious powder was reported in a lavatory. It turned out to be toilet paper remnants, NBC News reported.

A flight attendant aboard Flight 508, which originated in Seattle, discovered a tissue containing a "white dust," Alaska Airlines Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan told NBC News.

As standard practice, the flight crew radioed ahead to John Wayne Airport and the plane was met by a hazardous materials team, Egan said.

The 151 passengers and six crew members evacuated safely.

The material appears to be remnants of toilet paper, said Rachel Gibson, airport spokeswoman.

The plane was to be returned to service after the cabin is cleaned, Egan said.