Evacuated Terminal at New York's JFK Airport Reopens; Suspicious Package Cleared

The departure area at terminal five resumes normal operations after a bomb squad cleared an unattended bag.

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U.S. Army security officers patrolling in New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 22, 2016, after the Brussels airport attack. Three soldiers, photographed from the back, stride down an airport concourse in in camouflage uniforms and combat gear.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Army officers patrolling JFK Intl. Airport Mar. 22, 2016.Credit: Mike Segar, Reuters

REUTERS — Police temporarily evacuated a terminal at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday as they investigated a report of a suspicious package, authorities said. 

A Homeland Security K-9 unit was checking into an unattended bag at about 8:30 A.M. local time in the departure area of Terminal Five, said Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the airport. 

Pentangelo said the bomb squad had responded and roadways to the area were temporarily closed. The package was cleared and the terminal resumed normal operations, the spokesman said. 

The evacuation came a day after suicide bombers blew themselves up at the main airport in Istanbul, Turkey, killing at least 41 people and injuring hundreds. 

After the attack, the Port Authority deployed armed, high-visibility patrols at the three main airports in the New York metropolitan region. 

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