Computer monitor causes scare at Newark Airport terminal

Terminal A closed for two hours during investigation

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NEWARK, N.J. — A computer monitor that was checked as baggage caused a security scare Monday morning at Newark Liberty International Airport, prompting officials to shut down a terminal for two hours as a precaution.
The Transportation Security Administration detected the suspicious package at 6:17 a.m. during screening of checked baggage in Terminal A, which is home to American Airlines at the airport, TSA spokesman James Fotenos said.
“To ensure the safety of the traveling public, the nearby security checkpoint was temporarily closed,” Fotenos said.
Computer monitors normally emit small amounts of radiation and there was never any danger, FBI agent Bryan Travers said.
The monitor was being shipped to the same destination as its owner, who was already in flight. Travers said.
A police bomb squad cleared the monitor and normal operations resumed at 8:16 a.m.
American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith told The Associated Press the package was found behind the ticket counter at a security checkpoint where checked bags are screened.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.


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