LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Officials have reopened the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport after a suspicious bag has been cleared.
The airport evacuated after a Little Rock Police Department K-9 unit detected the suspicious bag around 2:45 p.m. Thursday. TSA officials also signified the bag was suspicious, and authorities evacuated the airport. Shane Carter,director of public affairsfor the airport, told THV 11 News that departing flights were stopped while incoming were still arriving.
The Little Rock Fire Department bomb team emptied the small piece of luggage that had arrived from Dallas and K-9 units inspected each item. Capt. Weaver said they didn't key on any individual item, but just the bag itself.
Apparently the owner of the bag had missed his flight and was traveling by bus. The bag arrived in Little Rock Wednesday night and had been stored in the airport's luggage facility. Capt. Weaver said as a routine, K-9 units inspect each piece of luggage as it is removed from storage and that's whenthey keyed on this particular bag.
Capt. Weaver said the bag's owner has been contacted and is unsure why the K-9 units keyed on his bag. He is not considered a suspect, and the bag has been turned over to TSA officials.
The airport reopened just after 5:30 p.m. and things are back to normal at this time.
(Source: Shane Carter, Bill & Hillary National Airport; Capt. Weaver, Little Rock Fire Department.)