Suspicious Items Cause Delays at Miami International Airport
Suspicious items found in a flier's luggage at Miami International Airport Monday caused flight delays while authorities investigated the situation.
According to NBC Miami, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said that a man went through security at around 5 p.m. local time with items inside his bag that were suspicious. After locating the man, officers investigated the bags and deemed the items safe. The passenger cooperated and will not face charges.
As for the delays at Miami International Airport Monday, 22 arrivals and 28 departures (50 total flights) and an estimated 500 passengers were impacted by the investigation. While Miami-Dade Police initially responded, the inquiry was eventually turned over to the FBI.
American Airlines released a statement on the incident, saying, “A passenger on American Airlines flight 2393 from Miami to Barbados was taken into custody by local law enforcement at MIA. We are working closely with law enforcement while ensuring the care of our customers the best we can. The plan is to get them to Barbados as soon as possible. For details regarding this incident, please contact the Miami-Dade Police Department.”
To secure the area during the investigation, the airport closed portions of Checkpoint 2, the SkyTrain on Concourse D and several D gates. The inner loop of the departure and arrival roadways were also temporarily shut down, but they have all been reopened.
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