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Suspected security breach at LAX briefly delays some passengers [Updated]

May 17, 2011 |  3:07 pm

Passengers at an LAX terminal were briefly delayed Tuesday when security officials feared a man might be carrying an explosive package, law enforcement sources said.

The man had passed his luggage through a scanner and left the area, officials.

Moments later, Transportation Security Administration officials thought the image looked suspicious and began searching for the passenger, said Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the federal agency.

Airport police helped in the search, said Sgt. Belinda A. Nettles of the Los Angeles Airport Police.

Bomb squad experts who examined an image of the man's luggage later determined the package was not dangerous and the alert was canceled, according to sources.

[Updated at 3:18 p.m.: A previous version of this post stated incorrectly that the scanner had malfunctioned.]


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