at Springfield airport
POSTED: 04:23 PM CST Nov 21, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Fire Department’s bomb squad says a suspicious package flagged by the Transportation Security Administration’s screening equipment at the Springfield-Branson National Airport on Friday morning was not an explosive device. Instead, it was a blood pressure monitoring device that was tightly packed with some food.
“We just had something suspicious that we’re looking at. It could be completely innocent. That’s why we’re cautious. Don’t know if we got anything yet, but it’s a concern we treat it seriously,” said Fire Chief David Hall at a news conference during the noon hour.
The discovery was about 9:30 a.m.
“We closed the TSA checkpoint in five to ten minutes. We moved the public away from the center. They didn’t have exit or close the terminal building,” said Springfield Aviation Director Brian Weiler, the manager of the airport.
A robot loaded the piece of luggage with the suspicious device on a truck. The bomb squad took the bag to a secure location, off airport property, to examine it.
Investigators detained the owner of the bag for questioning.
While the airport didn’t technically close, incoming and outgoing flights were put on hold. Vicky Whitehead was one of the passenger who couldn’t board.
“We saw police cars with lights on. They were blocking the entrance. A policeman told us there was a bomb threat,” said Vicky Whitehead.
Whitehead had to wait. Her trip to Last Vegas hit a roadblock.
“It did make me nervous because we’re getting ready to get on a plane,” she said. “I’m okay. I’m hoping that’s it and we’re going to have a good time.”
Around noon, the Springfield Fire Department gave the clearance to reopen the airport checkpoint. It took several hours before the flight schedule returned to normal. #30-KY3 News*****************************************
California Aviation Alliance: Airport News List E-mail
Sent by AviaEd@AIM.com – Lorena de Rodriguez on behalf of CAA subscribers. Add your comments to these stories realtime online at https://aviaed.wordpress.com/.