Kent Boyd, spokesman for the
airport, says around
"That brought the entire
inspection process to a halt," he says. "The administrative offices
were evacuated because they're right over that room. And the fire department, City
It took inspectors about 40 minutes to determine the device was safe. Boyd says the shape of the device raised a red flag.
"Apparently it was kind of long and had some wires hanging out of it and was round, which sort of matches the general description of a pipe bomb."
Boyd says no flights were impacted. Officers were able to locate the passenger who owned the bag.
"He was very helpful," says Boyd. "He showed them how it worked. It passed muster, so it went back into the bag and onto the plane."
Boyd says the situation highlights
the purpose of
"This really illustrates how cautious you have to be. Even though this wasn't a pipe bomb, you can't fault anyone for ringing the alarm. In this day and age, with terrorism going on across the world, you can't be too careful."