Operation at Logan International Airport in Massachusetts was back to normal Monday when Terminal A was evacuated following the discovery of a suspicious item inside a piece of luggage, according to the Boston Police Department.
State police officials said TSA agents at Terminal A were screening checked luggage for a Delta flight when they saw the suspicious item at about 4:05 p.m. Sunday, which prompted them to call for the MSP Bomb Squad, who then called in MSP Hazardous Devices to the scene immediately.
“Troopers with the bomb squad determined that the item was a PlayStation Vita video game console. The device triggered the security checkpoint’s alarm when it went through the X-ray machine, which prompted further inspection from TSA screeners. “
According to state police, the condition of the PS Vita had been compromised either by age or damage prior to showing up at the airport for screening. The degraded state of the console was what caused abnormalities in its image, prompting officials to take extra steps toward investigating.
“For the investigation of the suspicious package found in Terminal A and for the secondary sweep of the terminal, passengers were evacuated to the sidewalk as originally planned.”
“Troopers issued the all-clear just at 5 p.m. They let passengers re-enter their terminals.”
“I had a 6 p.m. flight and I was just getting to the airport. When I got out of the car, a bunch of people ran out screaming, so I got back in the car. I didn’t hear what they were screaming about,” said Pam Lovano. “Then we drove around the terminals again. By the time we got back, Terminal A had been closed by the cops and I could see the people standing outside.”
One person who was from Logan Airport said he was on a plane when he and fellow passengers were told to exit the plane.
A spokesperson from Delta Air Lines said the company will hold flights for the duration of time that is feasible and will allow and re-book customers when needed.