Documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that contained classified information regarding the response to a possible biological attack on Super Bowl LII were found by a passenger on a commercial flight, according to a Monday report.
A CNN employee found copies of the report in the seat pocket of an airplane, which said “For Official Use Only” as well as “after action report.” The employee also found the boarding pass of the government scientist who reportedly forgot the document on the seat. The document was dated December 2017 and reportedly detailed how law enforcement would deal with a a biological attack in Minneapolis, where the Super Bowl was hosted.
The government scientist worked for BioWatch, a program created by the Department of Homeland Security that’s set in place to respond to a bioterrorism attack. A DHS spokesman told CNN that there was no evidence of any credible threats before the Super Bowl.
“This exercise was a resounding success and was not conducted in response to any specific, credible threat of a bioterrorism attack,” Tyler Q. Houlton, a DHS spokesman, told CNN.
It has not been reported which Biowatch employee left the document on the plane.
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