TSA checkpoint closed at QC airport for suspicious items in bag


The TSA screening checkpoint at the Quad City International Airport in Moline was closed this morning for about an hour because of suspicious items located in carry-on luggage.

The checkpoint identified suspicious components within a large electronic device just before 9 a.m. According to John Hursey, TSA Federal Security Director for Downstate Illinois, the suspicious items were similar to explosive components. 

As a precautionary measure, the checkpoint was closed and the area surrounding the checkpoint was evacuated. 

The Quad City Bomb Squad was contacted to investigate the item. Through their investigation it was determined that the suspicious item was not an explosive and did not pose a threat. 

Airport public safety manager Jeff Patterson said that one departing flight was delayed during the investigation and the checkpoint was reopened at approximately 10 a.m.

Hursey said the incident and response was an example of multiple agencies working together in an effective and efficient manner to ensure the safety of employees and patrons at the airport.  

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