JFK airport terminal evacuated after unattended bag sparks bomb scare

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New York City’s JFK Airport reopens after evacuation due to suspicious package
WATCH: A terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City has reopened after a police bomb squad gave the all-clear on Sunday following an evacuation due to a suspicious package, sources told CBS. The package contained a common household product with a component that K-9 police dogs are trained to detect, sources said – Jul 3, 2022

Passengers at the John F. Kennedy International Airport were evacuated Sunday as a bomb squad cleared an unattended bag found at the venue, the U.S. Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) told Global News.

At 11: 26 a.m., the official Twitter account of JFK Airport stated that PAPD was investigating a security incident in terminal four.

At 11:47 a.m., officials said that arrivals and departures at terminal four were closed to inbound traffic, adding that passengers should expect traffic delays and allow extra time for travel.

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Passengers were relocated within the terminal from the departures area to the arrivals area during the investigation, PAPD told Global News.

At 12:21 p.m., JFK Airport tweeted that “arrivals and departure level roadways at Terminal 4 have reopened.”

The John F. Kenney International Airport, also known as the JFK Airport, is the main international airport of New York City and is considered one of the busiest in the world.

Airports worldwide have been experiencing a travel surge after two years of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, resulting in delayed flights and airport congestion due to aviation industry capacity overload.

The Fourth of July weekend has been jamming airports across the U.S., with about 2.49 million passengers going through security checkpoints at U.S. airports Friday, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

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More to come.

— with files from The Associated Press

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