Terminal at NYC airport re-opened after evacuation

NEW YORK Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:56am EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A busy terminal in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport was reopened on Monday after a partial evacuation prompted by an unattended bag was found, according to a spokesman for American Airlines.

The area around the ticketing desks had been cleared of travelers for roughly 90 minutes while authorities investigated the package, according to the spokesman, Ned Raynolds of American Airlines, which is owned by AMR Corp.

"We took the normal precautions and notified authorities," Raynolds said.

Travelers who had already passed through security were not evacuated due their distance from the package, Raynolds said.

The incident came at a time when the terminal was crowded with business travelers.

Officials with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud, writing by Scott Malone, Editing by Jackie Frank)

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Comments (3)
BEANSnGRAVY wrote:
This will justify new TSA security measures. Everyone must have a GPS tracking device implanted into all of their luggage so the government can follow our every move just in case we leave a bag behind. All for our own safety as usual.

Jul 25, 2011 11:32am EDT  --  Report as abuse
hsvkitty wrote:
“…after a partial evacuation prompted by an unattended bag was found…”

Good job editors.

Jul 25, 2011 1:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
robert1234 wrote:
Another stupidity by the TSA. We’ve wasted over $60 billion and gotten zero results. They have NEVER found a terrorist or a bomb in ten years. It’s time to dismantle the TSA.

Jul 25, 2011 2:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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