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Suspicious bag shuts down Swedish airport

Suspicious bag shuts down Swedish airport

Published: 26 Feb 2012 17:51 GMT+01:00
Updated: 26 Feb 2012 17:51 GMT+01:00

Air traffic at Gothenburg's Landvetter airport in western Sweden was halted on Sunday afternoon after the discovery of a bag with suspicious-looking contents.

At 6pm police officials reported that the bag's contents were harmless.

"There's nothing dangerous in the bag, I've just been told. We're going to start traffic up again as soon as possible, but passengers should count on delays continuing until at least midnight," said Jan Lindqvist, Swedavia's press spokesman, to news agency TT.

Parts of Landvetter's international departure hall were cordoned off following the discovery of the bag next to the international departure hall's security control, located on the second floor of the airport.

According to the police, no known threats have been issued against Landvetter airport, or against any of the airlines that fly from it.

The owner of the bag has been identified.

"He's not suspected of any crime, but we will be interrogating him," said police spokesman Stefan Gustafsson to news agency TT after the discovery.

"The image of the bag's contents forced us to call in our technicians to investigate it further," Gustafsson explained.

No flights departed or arrived to the airport for hours.

"The domestic hall is packed to the brim. People are sitting on the luggage belts and everywhere, but most of us are standing," said Elin Kerola, passenger headed for Stockholm, to TT.

"All we've been told is that flights are going to start taking off again as soon as possible, but nothing on when that might be. The hard part is not knowing anything."

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:55 February 26, 2012 by doncharles
hmmmmmmmmm
14:36 February 27, 2012 by johnny1939
hehe shame on you hope that you at least get some fines for leaving your bag unattended to...you really should know better these days.
16:32 February 27, 2012 by Twiceshy
Why should one be fined for leaving a bag unattended? Are you so afraid of the "terrists" that you think people should be punished for a simple mistake?

We've seen where fear of the "terrists" leads in the U.S., and it's not a pretty sight (TSA employees nude-scanning and groping 3-year-olds looking for bombs).
20:20 February 27, 2012 by planet.sweden
How times change.

I remember 5 or 6 years ago pointing out an unattended bag in a Stockholm bar to a Swedish friend and saying that in London we'd clear the bar for that.

"Yes but this is Sweden, and we don't" she replied with rather smugly.

Now you do.
00:20 February 28, 2012 by Kaethar
Well, better safe than sorry.

@ planet.sweden: Still wouldn't in Sweden in a bar. An airport is a different matter entirely.
07:21 February 28, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Truth be told I think most folks using airports are prepared to accept blue-arsed fly type security - if it stops the morons from blowing up people and aircraft
10:50 February 28, 2012 by Twiceshy
They're prepared to accept it because they don't realize how ineffective those security guys are.
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