Charleston Int’l resumes normal operations following suspicious package evacuation

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Suspicious package evacuation at Charleston International Airport_486780

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Operations at Charleston International Airport have resumed after an early morning evacuation Friday.

The evacuation began around 5 a.m. after security officers discovered a suspicious laptop.  Firefighters, medics, and the Charleston bomb squad were called to the airport as the situation unfolded.

The iPad was removed and its owner detained for questioning. Following an investigation conducted in cooperation with the TSA, the FBI, and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, the Bomb Squad determined that the iPad was not a threat.

Paul Campbell, executive director and CEO of the Charleston County Aviation Authority, said:

“Safety is always our first priority. We are not going to sacrifice safety for any reason. I am pleased with how everything was handled this morning. I applaud the passengers who responded appropriately. No one panicked and they evacuated in an orderly fashion. Our police responded quickly and did a great job assisting our passengers and securing the area so the Bomb Squad could do its work. TSA and CHS did a terrific job responding to the incident and afterward worked efficiently to screen passengers so they could resume their travels.”

The airport resumed normal operations at approximately 7 a.m.

The owner of the iPad was subsequently released from questioning and rebooked on his flight.

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