Flights resume at Springfield, Missouri, airport after suspicious device found

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Air traffic has resumed and a person was being questioned after a suspicious device was found inside a piece of luggage at a southwestern Missouri airport.

The device was found by Transportation Security Administration screeners about 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Springfield-Branson National Airport. Flights resumed about noon after the device was removed from the airport by the city’s bomb squad.

At a news conference Friday, airport and city officials declined to describe the device. The owner of the luggage was being questioned but no information about that person was immediately released.

Airport manager Brian Weiler says three airplanes with passengers aboard waited on a taxiway while the device was removed from the airport.

The airport has nonstop flights to 10 U.S. cities and serves 750,000 passengers each year.


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