BLOUNTVILLE — A suspicious package that prompted security at Tri-Cities Regional Airport to shut down the facility and stop all fights Sunday afternoon turned out to be harmless.
A spokesperson from the Transportation Security Administration told the Times-News on Sunday evening that the suspicious item had been “cleared” and there was “no threat.”
The TSA also praised airport security for exhibiting “an abundance of caution.”
Around 2:30 p.m. Sunday, a pilot notified airport security of a “suspicious object” found on a plane arriving from Orlando, Fla.
The plane was an Allegiant flight, and the suspicious object was found in an overhead bin.
Airport officials said the item was isolated. Bomb squad and K-9 units were called in to assess the situation.
The item was subsequently removed from the plane and will be destroyed.
Outbound flights were delayed while law enforcement handled the situation.
As of around 6 p.m., flights had returned to normal.