Friday, November 11, 2011
Plastic Bottle Prompts Airport Evacuation
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- An evacuation of the lobby at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids is over after authorities determined a suspicious item found in a trash can posed no threat.
Airport Manager Tim Bradshaw said about 200 people were evacuated around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday after a passenger reported the item to authorities.
A robot from the Cedar Rapids police department removed the item, and the all-clear was given around noon.
Bradshaw described the item as a plastic bottle wrapped in duct tape.
Passengers who had already gone through security were held in place, while passengers getting off planes were bused to an area outside the terminal. Bradshaw says less than six flights were affected.
Bradshaw says several agencies are involved in the investigation, including the Transportation Security Administration.
Posted by theo at 11:40 AM