Old Nov 18, 04, 3:44 pm
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Appleton WI airport evacuated due to salesman's suitcase

Yep, the electronic components resembled a bomb.

Electronics = Bomb. Of course. At least the suitcase was not disrupted.

First terminal evacuation at that airport since the TSA took over. Are there any others left that have yet to be emptied due to a non-bomb suspicious device scare?

Terminal evacuated for about an hour, a couple of flights delayed.

Owner of the suitcase was cooperative and was not arrested.

Mulder said the traveler’s suitcase contained electronic components. He said the way they were placed in the case made it look like they could be a bomb.

“The TSA folks thought it looked like a bomb and the bomb squad folks agreed, so they both did the right thing,” he said.

“After about 45 minutes, they determined it was at least safe to move it out of the building and then they opened it.”

Fortunately, no admonition to leave your electronics samples at home.

Could be that the security staff at an airport ought to conduct an evacuation drill periodically anyway, which may tend to increase the number of these non-bomb suspicious device incidents. Why hold the drill in the middle of the night when you can do it just after lunch?
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