New York City’s LaGuardia Airport closed a terminal and evacuated air travelers after a bag triggered a security alarm and prompted the bomb crew to investigate on Thursday.
Officials at LaGuardia Airport announced on Twitter that all roads to Terminal C and D were closed at 7:30 am due to “police activity.”
A second tweet revealed that all waiting passengers in Terminal D were evacuated to Terminal C as “a security investigation is underway.”
Authorities have not released details, however NBC New York reports that a suspicious package has been flagged during baggage security.
The NYPD bombs team was sent to LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Thursday after suspicious baggage was identified during a security investigation
The Transportation Security Administration said explosives specialists at the airport investigated the bag and suggested calling the NYPD bomb squad.
Bomb squad members arrived at the airport and are currently investigating the baggage.
The bag owner flew from LaGuardia Airport to Detroit, Michigan and was questioned by authorities there.
The city’s fire department said they had been sent to the airport because of reports of a white powder, but details have not been released.
Officials at the NYPD and the Port Authority are investigating this.
The city’s fire department said they had been sent to LaGuardia airport (photo) over reports of a white powder, but details have not been released.
Air travelers in Terminal C were temporarily evacuated to Terminal D, as officials from the Port Authority and members of the NYPD bombing have investigated
LaGuardia Airport announced at around 9:10 AM that evacuated passengers could return to Terminal C to catch their flights. Shortly thereafter, all roads were cleared.
DailyMail.com has contacted the Transportation Security Administration, Port Authority and LaGuardia Airport for further comments.
Like many other industries, U.S. aviation was hit hard by the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
Fears of exposure and the spread of the virus completely shut down airports, while airlines struggled to survive with a rapid exodus of passengers.
Air travel has risen slightly since the first case of the coronavirus hit the US in January, but safety protocols have been revised and states have imposed travel restrictions.
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo added Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma to the 19 designated states on his travel advice.
People traveling to New York from those states must be quarantined or at risk for 14 days.
The other states on the list are: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.
States like Florida and Texas were forced to reintroduce some restrictions, such as bars closing again in the Sunshine State, after significant spikes in coronavirus cases flooded the state.
As states across the country experience increasing community dissemination, New York is taking action to ensure the continued security of our phased reopening. Our entire response to this pandemic was in numbers, and we determined statistics for the dissemination of the community, just as we determined statistics for everything, “Gov Cuomo said in a statement.
Three other states have now reached the spread level necessary to qualify for New York travel advice. We will now require individuals from Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma to be quarantined for 14 days.
“New Yorkers did the impossible – we went from the worst infection in the United States to one of the best – and the last thing we need is to see another peak of COVID-19.”
It’s because New York has registered 588 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state’s total to just over 398,200. Ten new deaths were also recorded, bringing the death toll to 24,924.
The number of cases in the United States now exceeds 2.9 million, and more than 130,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.