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CHS resumes operations after suspicious iPad found

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Charleston International Airport is operating normally after an incident resulted in a temporary shutdown this morning. (Photo/Alec Owens)Charleston International Airport halted operations for a few hours this morning after Transportation Security Administration agents identified a suspicious iPad during the x-ray scan.

The airport called in Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad to investigate. Portions of the terminal were evacuated and surrounding roads were closed to traffic. The iPad was removed and its owner was detained for questioning.

An investigation determined the iPad was not a threat. Airport operations resumed around 7 a.m. The owner has been released and rebooked on his flight.

“Safety is always our first priority here. We’re not going to take any chances,” Airport CEO Paul Campbell said in a video about the incident. “If we suspect a suspicious package, we’re going to shut everything down and find out what’s going on.”

Officials from TSA, airport police, the FBI and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office worked the investigation.

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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