One in custody at Miami airport; 4 concourses shut

Four of six Miami airport terminals had been evacuated as safety precaution.

Updated: Sep 03, 2010, 16:01 PM IST

Miami: Police arrested a passenger after screeners found suspicious luggage at Miami International Airport, prompting evacuations at four of six concourses and diverting flights, federal officials said on Friday.

A bomb squad, federal officials and airport police were on the scene investigating a "suspicious item”, the Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) said in a statement.

Around 9:00 pm on Thursday (0100 GMT Friday), a TSA officer "detected a suspicious item while screening a checked bag”, it added.

"The passenger was located and is now in law enforcement custody."

Terminals E, F, G and H were initially evacuated, while passengers and employees were told to leave the affected area.

The Miami Herald said airport traffic slowed to a crawl. Travellers who could not be picked up by car at the airport instead left the property by foot.

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