Seattle airport cleared of bomb scare

Last Updated: Friday, May 7, 2010 - 11:29

Washington: Seattle`s international airport resumed normal operations on Thursday after a bomb scare delayed flights and prompted evacuations.

"We`re all clear. All operations are back to normal," Seattle-Tacoma International Airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt said after a bomb squad detonated a smoking bag and found it contained only electronics and battery chargers.

The early morning incident prompted the evacuation of several hundred people from an airport concourse, delaying flights for 45 minutes to an hour.

"It affected a very small portion of the airport. Ninety percent of the airport was unimpacted," Betancourt said.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said the "suspicious bag" was found smoking in a non-public luggage handling room and that the area was evacuated "out of an abundance of caution”.

Betancourt said police would conduct a complete investigation, but cautioned that certain types of batteries should not be left in checked baggage.


First Published: Friday, May 7, 2010 - 11:29

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