Birmingham, Ala., airport reopens after threat

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Associated Press

Posted on November 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 11:16 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham airport reopened Sunday after a threat prompted an investigation by bomb technicians, flight diversions and a two-hour evacuation of hundreds of passengers.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport officials said in a Facebook post around 6:30 p.m. CST that the airport was secured and normal operations were resuming.

A flight from Dallas Love Field was in the air en route to the airport when the threat was reported, and was redirected to Little Rock, Ark. Other flights between Dallas and Birmingham were delayed, but were mostly caught up as of Sunday night.

Airport authority spokeswoman Toni Bast said an airport employee found a note containing the threat in a bathroom around 4 p.m. and turned it over to police. She said bomb squads swept the terminal but found nothing.

"The threat was enough for us to evacuate the terminal," she said.

The airport was fully operational and flights were resuming Sunday evening. Bast said about a dozen flights were either delayed or diverted.

FBI spokesman Paul Daymond said the agency's bomb technicians worked with local police to investigate.

Evacuees posted pictures on social media of dozens of people outside the airport after the threat.

The Birmingham evacuation comes two days after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities say he shot and killed a TSA officer and wounded three other people.
 

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