Suspicious Device Prompts Partial Evacuation At Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

While it’s still unclear exactly what a “suspicious device” found in a piece of checked baggage at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport turned out to be, business returned to usual last night after a brief evacuation of one of the terminals. The woman whose bag contained the device was allowed to continue on her way without that luggage.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune says Terminal 2 was reopened last night at 6:30, including access by light rail and road, after being closed since the device was discovered around 4:30 p.m.

According to an airport spokeswoman, the device and luggage were removed for off-site examination because Transportation Security Administration agents “felt it was significant enough to call the bomb squad.” A partial evacuation followed.

Apparently only a few flights were delayed as a result of the discovery, and none were canceled. Terminal 1 wasn’t affected whatsoever.

The spokeswoman says she’s not aware of what the woman who owned the luggage told authorities, but that similar situations happened at the terminal “two or three times a year.”

MSP’s Terminal 2 reopened after alarm over suspicious device [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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  1. Blueskylaw says:

    While it’s still unclear exactly what a “suspicious device” found in a piece of checked baggage at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport turned out to be, what is known is that the
    device took 3 (three) D size batteries and had a multi-speed setting.

  2. BangBangAnnie says:

    Probably a battery-operated appliance. Can’t carry those on anymore.

  3. FatLynn says:

    Ignignokt, is that you?

  4. Marlin says:

    Nine times out of ten it’s an electric razor, but . . . every once in a while . . . it’s a dildo. Of course, it’s company policy never to imply ownership. In the event of a dildo, we have to use the indefinite article “a” dildo, never “your” dildo.

    • George4478 says:

      Even if it’s engraved?

    • ferozadh says:

      Dammit you beat to the quote lol

    • Difdi says:

      I once got extra screening because I bought a pair of toenail clippers while on vacation.

      I had the set of clippers (perfectly TSA-compliant) with me, managed to misplace them on vacation, bought a new one, then found the old one. So I went home with both in my carry-on bag. On the x-ray, it looked like a Leatherman, so I had a bit of a delay getting through security.

      All kinds of innocent things can be mistaken for suspicious objects, and in our panic-now-reason-later culture overreactions are the norm.

  5. Auron says:

    Oh no! Another post from that lefty MB. We gotta do away w/ the liberal bias on this site!!!!!

    • Quirk Sugarplum says:

      Your meticulous use of five exclamation marks truly hammers home the gravity of your remark.

    • rmorin says:

      I don’t think there is anyone that believes that everyone of her articles is slanted. With some topics though, she editorializes the heck out of it to the point it detracts from the consumer issue and becomes political commentary. There are tons of websites if that’s what you are looking for, but the consumerist should not be one of them.

      • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

        Well, it is a blog. Still, you’re not the only one who has said that. I disagree, but it would be interesting to see a survey that gave options for preferring more editorializing, less editorializing, or keeping it just the way it it.

    • Auron says:

      wow….I forget to include the /s tag and all of a sudden everyone’s sarcasm detectors are turned off. Yes, it was a sarcastic post. Yes, I know a lot of people think her posts are too liberal. Then again, there are some people here who feel she has no business even reposting articles from other sites word for word.

  6. exconsumer says:

    A fascinating exercise in psychology. They feel compelled to find threats and to check out this item, so they confiscate it and evacuate the airport.

    But, deep down, they still know that they are security theater, so they let the owner of this ‘suspicious device’ go on the flight. Which is strange, because I thought this was someone who just tried to smuggle something potentially explosive on board.

    • Pagan wants a +1 button says:

      You are expecting rational behavior from the same folks who take your shampoo away because it might be full of nitroglycerine, then toss it over their shoulder into a bin filled with same?

      • Cor Aquilonis says:

        Which will trigger a massive “KA-BLOOEY” and looney tunes-like scrambling around. Ahh, if only they made slapstick cartoons nowadays like they did back in the day… I would love to see passenger Bugs Bunny giving TSA Daffy a hilariously hard time.

    • vastrightwing says:

      They have to rationalize security theater somehow.

    • webweazel says:

      Oh, come on people! You know the game!

      Try and smuggle a handgun, large knife, or a “suspicious” bag that they need to evacuate the terminal and call in the bomb squad, they confiscate the item and send you on your way to your plane with a smile.
      Show up with a protest of their activities printed on your shirt or complain one tiny bit about a pat-down and it’s tackle and taser time, followed up by handcuffing and arrest and being dragged downtown to the pokie.

  7. The_IT_Crone says:

    http://www.kare11.com/news/article/978275/391/Water-purification-device-led-to-terminal-evacuation

    A water purification device. Now I want to see what this big bad device looks like.

    • Difdi says:

      Water quality is one of those things you can’t rely on in foreign countries, particularly in second- and third-world ones. And even in first-world countries, there is the odd e. coli outbreak in the water supply now and then.

      I travel with a water purifier all the time. The model I purchased was originally intended for camping (FirstNeed) but they are most commonly purchased by business travelers (according to the clerk that sold it to me).

      Now I’m worried about having it get confiscated and detonated in place…

  8. xanadustc says:

    Did anyone in their brilliant minds think to ask the owner of said device? seems to me a quick call the passenger to a TSA officer might figure it out quicker…after all, what if he was the inventor-father from Gremlins!