Humphrey terminal reopened after suspicious package scare

11:00 AM, Apr 27, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - The Hubert H. Humphrey terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been cleared and reopened after a suspicious bag was found during pre-screening early Friday morning.

Witness Bev Aho of Eden Prairie was at the Humphrey terminal when she and other travelers were evacuated by authorities around 5:15 a.m. as she was entering the terminal for a flight.

Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesperson Melissa Scovronski tells KARE 11 that the suspicious bag set off an alarm during security pre-screening. Airport Security could not resolve the situation so a decision was made to call in the Bloomington Police Bomb Squad.

Passengers who were already inside the pre-screening area were allowed to stay in the terminal, but anyone arriving after the discovery of the package was diverted to the parking ramp across the street from the Humphrey terminal.

Around 7 a.m. the Bomb Squad secured the bag and removed it from the terminal. The owner of the suspicious bag was detained for questioning.  

At this point it is uncertain what impact the incident will have on flights in terms of delays and potential  cancelations. Passengers are urged to call their airlines before heading to the airport.  

Metro Transit reports that the activity has not affected light rail service to the airport.

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