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Airport in Alabama shut over security scare (Reuters)
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 February 2011 06:57 Written by admin Sunday, 27 February 2011 06:57
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Authorities shut down the airport at Birmingham, Alabama, on Sunday due to a suspicious package, airport spokeswoman Toni Bast said.
“We have secured the terminal. Passengers are not able to get out of the terminal or (people) are not able to pick up passengers from the terminal,” Bast told Reuters, referring to the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Local media reported that an alert related to the package occurred at around 4:45 p.m. central time (2245 GMT), local media reported. Some passengers were allowed to leave the airport on foot after the alert, Bast said.
Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama and the southeastern state’s economic hub.
The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth airport is Alabama’s largest and serves the greater Birmingham area and surrounding southeastern cities, according to its website.
(Reporting by Peggy Gargis; Editing by Matthew Bigg and Paul Simao)