Tampa International Airport (TIA) was on lock-down Tuesday night, after a suspicious carry-on was flagged at a checkpoint and the passenger with the luggage in question was not allowed to fly.
The Tampa Police Department Bomb Squad arrived on site at the airport and passengers were restricted from moving between terminals as they investigated the carry-on which they later determined was not a threat, according to tweets by the airport. (RELATED: Woman Caught With 15 Pounds Of Heroin At Dulles Airport)
Police are investigating a suspicious bag at the Airside C checkpoint. The area has been cleared of passengers and the Tampa bomb squad is on site. Follow @FlyTPA for official updates.
— Tampa Intl Airport ✈️ (@FlyTPA) July 25, 2018
Although the airport declined to discuss details about the suspected passenger, the passenger was let go late last night and would be allowed to fly again, Janet Scherberger, a spokesperson for TIA told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Five planes on the tarmac were held and passengers kept on lockdown inside, later being released to alternate terminals in the airport for arrivals, according to Fox 13, the Tampa affiliate. In addition, passengers were prohibited from moving through Terminal C, the site of the suspected luggage, and the rest of the airport.
The airport is now safe for flying and issued an “all clear” at approximately 8:20 pm on Twitter Tuesday night.
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