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Three Questioned after Suspicious Bag Found at Tallahassee Regional Airport

By: Eyewitness News, Bailey Myers Email
By: Eyewitness News, Bailey Myers Email
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By: Bailey Myers
May 25, 2013

Tallahassee, Fl - Travelers seeking flights out of Tallahassee were told to evacuate the building, and employees shortly followed as a suspicious bag was investigated.

Things were at a standstill around 8:30 Saturday morning. 200 people evacuated the airport when a suspicious bag was identified.

Taking every precaution necessary, the Tallahassee Police Department stepped in. Bif Bend Regional Bomb Squad

"You notify law enforcement if there is something suspicious and we check it out and call in the experts to check it out" said Scott Beck with the Tallahassee Police Department. "We determine what is the best possible outcome."

Big Bend Regional Bomb Squad used a robot camera to determine how serious the situation was. But without a full examination it was too hard to tell what exactly was in the bag.

Using a containment vessel, TPD removed the package from the scene, and with the all clear, operations went back to normal.

"We appreciate all the efforts of law enforcement for all that they did to make sure everyone was safe and it had a good resolution" said Jim Durwin, Assistant Superintendent of Airport Operations.

About 500 miles away in Miami, TSA officials say an American Eagle Flight inbound from Tallahassee was moved to a safe area as a precaution once it landed. One passenger and their two traveling partners from that flight were detained for questioning.

Four flights out of Tallahassee were delayed because of the disruption.

The Big Bend Regional Bomb Squad transported the package to a safe facility and examined its contents, only to discover the bag was full of electronic devices. TPD determined the contents did not pose a threat.


Tallahassee Police Department Press Release

This morning at approximately 7:25am baggage screeners at the Tallahassee Regional Airport notified the Tallahassee Police Department of a suspicious bag during routine screening of checked luggage.

As a precautionary measure the airport terminal was evacuated until members of the Big Bend Regional Bomb Squad could investigate further.

The bag was taken off site to a safe location by the Big Bend Regional Bomb Squad. There, it was determined to contain various electronic devices, however there was no indication the bag was a threat to public safety.

Airport operations resumed back to normal at approximately 10:50am with minimal interruptions to today's schedule.


May 25, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - According to the Transportation Security Administration, a piece of checked baggage set off an alarm during baggage screening for American Eagle Flight 3491 from Tallahassee Regional Airport to Miami International Airport. The bag was set aside, and the Tallahassee Police Department was called in to inspect it.

When the flight arrived in Miami, the plane was moved to a safe area. Law enforcement officials questioned the passenger associated with the bag and the passenger's two traveling companions. All other passengers were allowed to exit the plane.

The Tallahassee Police Department continues to investigate the bag and its contents.


May 25, 2013

Tallahassee Regional Airport has been given the all clear.

The suspicious item found in the airport has been moved to a different location for further investigation.

Planes were allowed to land during the investigation, but passengers were not allowed into the airport. Departing flights were not allowed to leave the airport.

We will bring you more details as they become available.


May 25, 2013

Jim Durwin, Assistant Superintendent of Airport Operations for Tallahassee Regional Airport, says an investigation is underway after a suspicious bag was discovered in one of the terminals.

According to Durwin, law enforcement officials are on the scene.

As a safety precaution, officials have placed certain areas of the terminal and airport on "Restricted Access" mode. Officials say as of now, no flights have been impacted.

Tallahassee Police Department Officials say a robot has entered the area of where the suspicious bag was discovered.

It is still unknown what the device is.

Tallahassee Police are working the scene along with TSA.


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