Paperweights cause of JFK evacuation

September 22, 2008 5:58:36 AM PDT
The Jet Blue terminal at Kennedy Airport was evacuated following a report of a suspicious package. Two World War II replica paper weights that looked like grenades prompted the brief evacuation of a Jet Blue terminal at Kennedy Airport this morning.

Passengers were evacuated from Terminal 6 just before 8 a.m. this morning.

The image of two suspected hand grenades were detected by a CTX baggage screener, which is the device that screens checked luggage.

Out of "abundance of caution," the airline elected to evacuate the terminal, said Jenny Dervin, a spokewoman for Jet Blue.

The "grenades" turned out to be World War II replica paper weights.

The terminal was reopened shortly after the paper weights were properly identified.

The scare came on a busy day at Kennedy Airport.

President Bush is expected to land at Kennedy Airport at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.

And Jet Blue planned to open its new Terminal 5 at the airport this afternoon.

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