Albuquerque airport checkpoint reopens after suspicious package found
ALBUQUERQUE - An Albuquerque airport security checkpoint is operating again after the presence of a suspicious item led to evacuations.
Albuquerque International Sunport spokesman Daniel Jiron says a team of police bomb techs cleared the item, and the area and passengers were allowed back in the area around 3:30 p.m.
Jiron did not give any details about what the item was. He says it raised suspicion and airport police were called around 1:45 p.m.
Officers evacuated the checkpoint as a precaution.
Arriving passengers were being held in a concourse area while departing passengers were not allowed near the checkpoint.
Jiron says roughly six flights were delayed as a result of the incident.
He says travelers heading to the airport should check with the airline directly about the status of their flight.