Computer monitor causes scare at Newark Airport terminal

Terminal A closed for two hours during investigation

NBC News and news services NBC News and news services

NEWARK, N.J. — A computer monitor that was checked as baggage caused a security scare Monday morning at Newark Liberty International Airport, prompting officials to shut down a terminal for two hours as a precaution.
The Transportation Security Administration detected the suspicious package at 6:17 a.m. during screening of checked baggage in Terminal A, which is home to American Airlines at the airport, TSA spokesman James Fotenos said.
“To ensure the safety of the traveling public, the nearby security checkpoint was temporarily closed,” Fotenos said.
Computer monitors normally emit small amounts of radiation and there was never any danger, FBI agent Bryan Travers said.
The monitor was being shipped to the same destination as its owner, who was already in flight. Travers said.
A police bomb squad cleared the monitor and normal operations resumed at 8:16 a.m.
American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith told The Associated Press the package was found behind the ticket counter at a security checkpoint where checked bags are screened.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

*****************************************

California Aviation Alliance: Airport News List E-mail

Sent by AviaEd@netscape.net – Lorena de Rodriguez on behalf of CAA subscribers. Add your comments to these stories realtime online at http://aviaed.wordpress.com/.
To subscribe or unsubscribe to the Airport News List, send an email, from the email account you wish to receive or discontinue CAA posts on, addressed to imailsrv@californiaaviation.org and place only the following in the first line of the body of the message: Subscribe airport YourFirstName YourLastName YourJobTitle YourAirport/Company

Manage your CAA subscriptions with the user friendly Mail List Administration database. You’ll find it at: http://californiaaviation.org/cal/index.cfm

Contact stepheni@cwnet.com with problems with your subscription.

Leave a Reply