July 25, 2011 / 1:15 PM / 6 years ago

Terminal at NYC airport re-opened after evacuation

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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