Bomb squad clears “suspicious object” found in MIA luggage

Airport officials say normal operations have resumed after they shut down a security checkpoint Monday morning.

12/24/2012 12:13 PM

12/24/2012 2:20 PM

Normal operations have resumed at Miami International Airport, after police spent about two hours Monday morning checking out a “suspicious” item in a piece of luggage that forced the shutdown of checkpoint J in the South Terminal.

By 1:50 p.m. there was still no word from police on what was discovered in the carry-on bag as it was making its way through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, but airport officials confirmed any threat was over.

While the bomb squad checked out the bag, the airport shut down the checkpoint and evacuated the people there and at nearby ticket counters. Passengers at the terminal — which serves mostly foreign flights — were rerouted to other checkpoints, also in the South Terminal.

Monday is one of the busiest days of the year at MIA, said Airport Director Jose Abreu. The airport expects more than 100,000 passengers.

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