Last updated: 09:48 PM ET, Sun September 11 2016

Suspicious Item Temporarily Closes Albuquerque Airport

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | September 11, 2016

Suspicious Item Temporarily Closes Albuquerque Airport

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On the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a suspicious item at an Albuquerque airport had travelers on edge and police bomb techs rushing to get the situation under control.

A security checkpoint at Albuquerque International Sunport was temporarily closed and the area was evacuated on Sunday, WTOP reported. 

Airport spokesman Daniel Jiron told WTOP that the item, which he would not give any details about, raised suspicion and airport police were called around 1:45 p.m.

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A team of police bomb techs cleared the item, and passengers were allowed back in the area around 3:30 p.m., Jiron told the news station.

WTOP reported that arriving passengers were told to wait in a concourse area, and departing passengers were not permitted near the checkpoint.

Travelers going through the Albuquerque airport posted photos, expressed their frustration and asked for prayers on social media.

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Kathy Allen Burris of Houston Tweeted: “Albuquerque airport terminal evacuated, suspicious device found, bomb squad on premises. Pray it's nothing!”

Meanwhile, Leah Polley of Redmond, Wash., posted on Facebook: “Well this is fun! Got the the Albuquerque airport and the whole terminal has been evacuated! Not sure why yet, but just my luck!”

Jiron told WTOP that roughly six flights were delayed due to the incident.

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