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Officials: Suspicious Package at MSP Contained Grill

Updated: 12/26/2013 7:30 AM
Created: 12/24/2013 12:47 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

The suspicious package that led to a two-hour delay at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport last week did not contain a propane, according to airport officials.

KSTP spoke with an airport spokesman and 35-year-old Martha Morocho's husband Tuesday afternoon. The box left on the floor of the ticketing lobby in Terminal 2 Friday had a grill with a propane attachment.

Morocho of Minneapolis was removed from the plane and arrested after leaving the package behind. She was later released and cited for leaving an unattended package, which is a misdemeanor. It is believed she just wanted to check the package and did not mean any harm by leaving it behind, officials said.

The bomb squad came in but determined it was not a threat.

During the incident, travelers were stuck outside the terminal and couldn't check in or check their baggage, causing the flight delays. Travelers who already had cleared security were allowed to stay in the gate areas and board their flights.

Flights impacted in Terminal 2 included Sun Country, Southwest, AirTran, Spirit and Icelandair.

Airport officials still defend their response, saying the package was suspicious and left unattended.

Watch our previous coverage of the story in the video box above.


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