LaGuardia Airport: Suspicious Incidents in New York City and Boston, Authorities Give All Clear
With tensions high after the Boston Marathon bombings, two security incidents affected fliers at Boston Logan and New York LaGuardia airports Tuesday morning. Though authorities have reported an "all-clear" at both airports since suspicions were identified, security still remains strong at this time.
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In New York, a portion of LaGuardia Airport had been evacuated because of a "suspicious package," according to news reports and updates on social media.
The central terminal building at the airport was evacuated because of a suspicious package, according to Bloomberg News of spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Steve Coleman, via email.
NBC New York also indicated that while the incident only lasted about 15 minutes before authorities gave the all-clear and let passengers back into the terminal, ABC 7 of New York reports that the incident was sparked by an electrical device found at a phone booth on the upper departure level of Terminal B at the airport.
In Boston, a similar situation sparked controversy.
A US Airways flight was the focus of a scare when, according to the local CBS affiliate, Flight 1716, which arrived from Philadelphia at 10:16 a.m., a bag was detained and a passenger was concerned about a piece of checked luggage from the flight after it made a "bang" sound when it fell off the luggage cart, according to WPVI TV of Boston.
Massport, which operates Boston Logan, did not confirm that version of the story but offered a statement, according to USA Today:
"Out of an abundance of caution a US Airways flight was remotely parked at the airfield while a bag on board was examined. The passengers were bused to the terminal, the baggage was deemed harmless, and the flight taxied to the gate. Airport operations were not impacted."