Detroit Airport Returning to Normal After Terminal Evacuation
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A partial evacuation of Detroit Metropolitan Airport's North Terminal occurred Saturday afternoon after a man was taken into custody, and his laptop examined, according to the Associated Press. The Detroit News reported that airport operations were temporarily suspended.
Airport spokesman Brian Lassaline told the AP that the terminal was cleared around 3 p.m. Saturday after the man left a laptop at a ticket counter and said things "that caused concern." He verified to AP that the laptop was "cleared," and the man is in police custody while the investigation is in progress.
The airport tweeted that the North Terminal was "evacuated out of an abundance of caution to investigate a suspicious situation."
Lassaline did not provide the AP with any other details about the man or the investigation.
Security checkpoints reopened about an hour later, and flights resumed. The airport went on Twitter to announce the "north end of the terminal is open" and that "operations are slowly getting back to normal."
The Detroit News talked to flyer Nate Roberson, who was departing for Seattle to visit his mother, but arrived to see operations shut down.
"I just heard they shut down the airport and you feel a little uneasy about that," he said to the publication. "I feel confident in that they are at least doing something. As long as everyone is safe that's what's important."
The North Term. has been evacuated out of an abundance of caution to investigate a suspicious situation.— DTW Airport (@DTWeetin) May 9, 2015
North Terminal update: North end of terminal is now open.— DTW Airport (@DTWeetin) May 9, 2015
North Terminal update: Operations are slowly getting back to normal. Please check with your airline for flight status.— DTW Airport (@DTWeetin) May 9, 2015
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