Monday, April 22, 2013

JFK airport evacuation: Terminal temporarily evacuated for tube of toothpaste

JFK airport evacuation: Terminal temporarily evacuated for tube of toothpaste, LaGuardia Airport had a temporary evacuation just last week, and now JFK airport has undergone an evacuation due to what was originally called a "suspicious package." Reuters reported on Sunday, April 21, 2013, that one terminal was evacuated so authorities could investigate the package which ended up being a tube of toothpaste wrapped in duct tape.

A little after 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, there was an evacuation of Terminal 4 after the suspicious package was found in the baggage room section. Chris Valens, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, confirmed the location of the package.

The terminal was declared safe and re-opened about an hour and a half later.

The New York Department bomb squad eventually determined that the suspicious package ended up being simply a tube of toothpaste. It looked strange because it was wrapped in duct tape.

"We determined that it only contained toothpaste," Officer James Duffy said.

On April 16, 2013, LaGuardia Airport also underwent an evacuation due to a suspicious package being found.

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