PHOTO: TSA security checkpoint. (photo via Flickr/Ben Popken)
Three Transportation Security Administration officers were treated by a medical team Wednesday after they were exposed to an irritating food material during an inspection of luggage at a New York City airport.
According to ABCNews.com, the incident took place at around 6 a.m. local time at LaGuardia Airport. A trio of security officials waschecking through a carry-on bag at Terminal B, Concourse D after it triggered an alarm at the security checkpoint.
Shortly thereafter, the security personnel reported eye irritation and other medical issues. The Port Authority Police Department was called to the scene for a possible hazardous material situation, and the security checkpoint was closed for around 40 minutes while the area was inspected.
While a medical team evaluated the three TSA workers at the terminal, the Port Authority investigated the bag and found that a food product caused the negative reaction. A short time after discovering the cause, the concourse was reopened.
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Traffic in front of LaGuardia Airport was already slowed due to a car crash earlier in the morning, but it became even more congested as the temporary shutdown at Terminal B caused additional traffic delays.