Tallahassee Airport Closed in Scare Monday Morning

A bag with honey and electronic gear is what shut down a Tallahassee airport earlier Monday.

Officials say the positioning of items looked like parts of an improvised explosive device when it was viewed through equipment used to scan carryon luggage.

Transportation Security Administration officials say explosives are organic in nature, but rarely trigger an alarm because screeners can tell from x-ray scans that it is food, paper or some other harmless material.

The airport's TSA director, Quinten Johnson, says five screeners examined the x-ray images and all came to the same conclusion. A robot placed the bag in a portable containment tank and it was taken to an isolated area.

The bag, which belonged to a food reporter, had video and audio recording equipment, honey, an oyster shell and seasoning rub. The reporter was detained but later released.


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