Newark Airport Returns To Normalcy Post Bomb Scare

December 21st, 2010 - 8:31 pm ICT by GD  

By Ranjan Bhaduri
Newark AirportNewark, Dec 21, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Newark Liberty International Airport’s regular operations were affected yesterday morning after a computer monitor got detected as a baggage. It triggered a security scare at the busy airport and the airport officials played it safe. They shut down a region of the airport terminal for some time. The package was found to be suspicious by the Transportation Security Administration. The officials admitted that the nearby security checkpoint was temporarily shut to make sure that the travelers are safe. The Terminal A’s security checkpoint was shut down and the ground floor region was also closed but the other parts of the airport were operational. The monitor was declared harmless by the police bomb squad and it was at 8.16 am that regular operations resumed.

Bryan Travers, an agent with the FBI later said that computer monitors are known to radiate emission and they are not deemed as harmful. The owner of the monitor was also in a flight and the device was headed towards the same destination. The airport authorities, however, did not specify how many flights got delayed owing to this disruption. A law enforcement official later said that the amount of radiation emitted by the monitor was not alarming but the airport management did not want to take chances.

Since the Christmas week is ahead, the traffic has gone up considerably at the airports. The authorities have kept all provisions ready for evading any untoward incident. The package was traced at the American Airlines ticket counter near a security checkpoint. Some emergency vehicles were made ready at the airport at that time.

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