[Updated at 12:50 p.m.] The man questioned overnight by the FBI after authorities found a suspicious object in his luggage at Miami International Airport has been told he is free to go, a U.S. government official told CNN.
"The container was a legitimate experiment," the official said, adding that the man, a U.S. citizen, will not be charged.
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[updated at 10:55 a.m.] The man currently being questioned by the FBI after a suspicious object was found in his luggage at Miami International Airport is a scientist who once spent time in prison for illegally transporting vials of deadly bubonic plague, CNN has learned.
The 70-year-old man, whom CNN is not naming because he has not been charged, was convicted of transporting the plague nearly a decade ago.
The man's criminal history helps explain why authorities shut down much of Miami International Airport late Thursday for about eight hours, and why first responders in hazmat suits were dispatched to the scene.
Authorities now say the man is cooperating with investigators, and that the device - which looked like a pipe bomb - found inside his checked luggage was found to be harmless.
The man had arrived on a flight from Brazil when TSA screeners found the device. Screeners were screening the bag evidently because it was to be placed on a connecting flight.
Authorities stress that the man has not been charged.
[Original post] A passenger was detained and bomb squad investigators were at Miami International Airport on Friday after investigators spotted a suspicious item in a baggage screening area, authorities said.
A passenger was in law enforcement custody, the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement early Friday morning. Authorities did not provide details about whether the passenger had been charged or what investigators found.
All concourses of the airport except for Concourse J were closed early Friday, said Javier Baez with Miami-Dade Police.
Concourses E and F were evacuated at 9:30 p.m. Thursday after the item was found, said Greg Chin, a Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman. Authorities rerouted arriving flights to other parts of the airport.
Investigators from Miami-Dade Police, the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security responded to the incident, the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement. Airport roads were also closed "to ensure public safety," the statement said.
We have become the butt of World jokes.
We have become paranoid schizophrenic.
Oh I forgot, our Civil Rights have gone down the toilet – Specially when one books an airline ticket.
Wow – Fantastic country.
I am so sick of hearing this self loathing nonsense that is also the most arrogant statement one can make. Do you know in the other enlightened [European] countries of the world they ban or are banning types of clothing and religions? Yes, it's insane, but the rest of the world and the developed nations are not free-form do whatever you want oases of individual liberties that you make them out to be, nor do the people of those countries give enough of a sh** about us to spend their days looking for ways to badmouth us any more than "we" [whatever these pronouns are supposed to mean in this usage] do them. Talk about arrogant – we're so important the rest of the world cares about us in particular. Regardless, criticism goes with being a big player. With the exact same internal policies but with no external significance or influence the rest of the world [by whatever arbitrary statistical metric you've decided to concoct] would be saying a word.
Is everyone scared yet? CNN just went "Boo!"
I feel his pain. Trying to transport test equipment between various facilities and explain to the TSA agents that just because you can see the circuit board doesn't mean it is somehow designed to destroy the universe is almost an impossible battle.
"CNN is not naming because he has not been charged,"
Question for CNN are you doing this because you learned from the incident last week when the two Muslim/Yemeni travelers were investigated and CNN immediately released thier names and interviewed thier co-workers even though they were not charged? Or are you doing this becuase this person does not happen to be Muslim/Arab?
Now, now. Don't criticize CNN for selling their product.
Because these days, fear is the selling news product.
I'm willing to give CNN the benefit of the doubt and assume they simply learned from last week's debacle! I don't care to jump to any conspiracies. If only more media organizations would learn from past mistakes and be more responsible with their reporting, then things might be a little better in this world. Instead, everyone wants to be the first to yell "Boo" and reap the attention, higher ratings, and increased ad revenue. To hell with legitimate fact/source-checking and unbiased, responsible journalism! Nobody wants to be a true journalist anymore. It's all about the entertainment!
Look up the term Yellow Journalism.
the biggots and the war mongers has turned this country into a scaredy cat country where the least little thing causes people to freak and usually turns out to be nothin.
YOU ARE ALL SKREWED.FOLKS! SECURITY AT AIRPORTS IS A SHAM, AND THESE BUMP STOPPAGES OF PASSENGERS ARE NOT BASED ON FOREKNOWLEDGE OR GREAT PROFILING WIZZARDRY! VERY FEW APPREHENSIONS ARE MADE FOR THE EXPENSE SECURITY DOLLAR-EVEN FEWER CONVICTIONS-AND ONE CAN ONLY GUESS WHAT FLOODS ON BY THESE TSA WONDERS-A MAC TRUCK, PERHAPS!!!?? IT GIVES THE GOVERNMENT DENI ABILITY WIGGLE ROOM WHEN SOMEONE SNEAKS A BABY CARRIAGE NUKE ONTO A PUBLIC TRANSPORT. SEE-MESSY PROBLEM SOLVED! OH-YEH-THE FALSE INNUENDO--WHEN HAS THE GOVERNMENT EVER CARED ABOUT THE REPUTATION OF ANYONE? ( WE LEARNED THERE IS NO TRUTH IN GOVERNMENT ( ABOUT THE TIME THAT KENNEDY GOT HIS BRAINS SPLATTERED ALL OVER THE MOTORCADE IN DALLAS!!) SECURITY IS SOMETHING AMERICANS CAN'T AFFORD, AND IT ISN'T THERE--LIKE THE WEATHER-EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT IT---!
Rand, the cap lock key is to the left of the key board.
I bet after Homeland Security opened the canister of what could have been bubonic plague and didn't find a bomb, they took a deep breath and sigh of relief, lol.
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