Security Breach Closes Delta Terminal At Cincinnati Airport

HEBRON, Ky. (AP) - A Delta Air Lines terminal was shut down for 1½ hours Monday at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport because a carry-on bag that appeared to contain a knife got past security.

Security officials later said the suspicious item was not a knife. They did not immediately say what the item was or identify the bag's owner, said airport spokesman Ted Bushelman.

The terminal was closed about 8:45 a.m. when a security employee saw what appeared to be a knife on the screen when a passenger's carry-on bag went through an X-ray machine, Bushelman said. Another security employee stopped the wrong bag and let the suspect bag go through, he said.

The bag and its owner were eventually found, and the bag was run through X-ray again. The item showed up, but security officials found that it was not a knife, said airport spokesman Ted Bushelman.

Bushelman had said earlier that everyone was going to be sent back through the security check. But that wasn't necessary because the person carrying the suspect bag was found, he said.

"The FAA has some system in place that let them track down the bag, but they don't provide us with any details on that," he said.

Bushelman referred additional calls to the Federal Aviation Administration's office in Atlanta. A message seeking comment was left there Monday.

Delta spokeswoman Kristi Tucker said about 39 flights at the airport were delayed about two hours. All flights were back on schedule by about 11:30 a.m., she said.

Bushelman said the three concourses of the Delta Terminal were shut down. The terminal has about 100 gates.

The other two terminals at the airport remained open.

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