Item Found in Bag Prompts TSA Checkpoint Closure at Bradley International Airport

A TSA security checkpoint at Bradley International Airport was temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon after something concerning came up on an x-ray during screening, according to TSA officials. The checkpoint has since reopened.

A TSA spokesman said that the checkpoint was closed because of a suspicious x-ray image during screening. The carry-on bag was examined and cleared after several minutes. They did not specify what was in the bag that prompted the response.

TSA estimates that the checkpoint was closed for about eight minutes.

The Connecticut Airport Authority released a statement saying the checkpoint was closed for a short time and the bag was cleared after further screening. 

"On Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at approximately 12:12 p.m. the Security Checkpoint at Bradley International Airport was closed for a short duration to further inspect a passenger’s bag with additional screening, as part of normal security protocol. The bag received additional screening through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and was immediately cleared and released for travel. The checkpoint was then reopened with no impact to passengers and travel," the statement from the airport authority says.

Witness video shows a TSA officer asking travelers to back away from the TSA security checkpoint.

“You guys, I’m going to ask you to move away from the front of the checkpoint. Please go to the far side, don’t stay right in front of it,” the officer can be heard saying in the video.

Travelers at the checkpoint told NBC Connecticut they saw several state troopers and airport managers in the area, but the situation seemed under control.

Screening has reopened as usual.

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