Detroit Metro Airport's North Terminal reopens after evacuation, device removed by bomb squad

ROMULUS, Mich. (WXYZ) - A suspicious object found by TSA screeners caused authorities to evacuate passengers from Detroit Metro Airport's North Terminal for more than two and a half hours Monday morning. One person was detained and a bomb squad responded.

The object was found at a passenger screening checkpoint and caused Airport Authority Police to move all passengers out of the North Terminal. They were walked to the older, unused Smith Terminal out of, "An abundance of caution," according to an airport spokesman.

The Airport Authority Police Explosive Ordnance Detection team responded and an item was removed by the bomb squad. That item was taken to a remote part of the airport property to be analyzed. 

One person has been detained as part of the investigation into the incident.

Passengers were told to leave the airport building at 5:50 a.m. and they remained in the airport's old terminal until 8:20 a.m. when the North Terminal reopened.

PHOTOS: Bomb squad at Detroit Metro Airport, item removed

DTW spokesman, Michael Conway told 7 Action News that an x-ray device found something of concern in a piece of luggage, leading to the evacuation.

"This response was a strong team effort by Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Airport Authority Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and airline personnel," said a statement from airport authorities.

Many spring break travelers could be seen wearing shorts as they made the cold walk from the North Terminal to Smith Terminal.

The North Terminal serves passengers flying on Air Canada, Air Tran, American, Frontier, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian, Southwest, Spirit, United and US Airways.

Delta and Air France passengers fly out of the airport's McNamara Terminal which was operating normally.

Stay with 7 Action News and for more on this developing story.

Print this article Back to Top