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""All clear" given at Phoenix Airport after security check"


Friday, July 7, 2017


"All clear" given at Phoenix Airport after security check

CBS News


This 14 February, 2006 photo shows a Southwest Airlines jet taxiing out to the runway at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.



PHOENIX -- Officials at Sky Harbor International Airport say a situation that closed parts of Terminal 4 has been resolved and they are working to resume normal operations.


Sections of the busy terminal were closed for more than an hour Friday evening as police checked out a suspicious item, reportedly near the baggage area.


Authorities told CBS affiliate KPHO that a 61-year-old man was taken into custody Friday evening. The suspect, a California resident, reportedly made an alarming statement to an airline employee.  


Passengers were moved to the west side of the terminal as a precaution. All of the Terminal 4 ticket counters were closed, but all TSA security checkpoints remained open. The terminal re-opened about 90 minutes later, KPHO reports.


Phoenix police didn't immediately release details about the suspicion item.


Airport spokeswoman Heather Lissner says there could be minor flight delays Friday night and they are encouraging travelers to check their flight status with the airline.


Terminal 4 houses hub operations for American Airlines and Southwest Airlines.


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