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Security Concerns Shut Down Airport

There were some very anxious moments at the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport Sunday morning causing the airport to almost completely shut down for nearly two hours.

Officials say airport security was screening carry on baggage around 10 a.m. when they came across an object they couldn't identify. Gulfport police responded with their bomb sniffing dog along with and fire fighters.

Although airport officials will not say what was in the bag, eventually they determined it was harmless. But for two hours no flights were allowed to leave the airport. That meant four flights were delayed, and more than 400 people were stranded at the airport.

Then as a safety precaution, hundreds of passengers who had already gone through the security checkpoint to be re-screened.

"We make decisions to insure that what we're doing is in the best interest of our traveling public and those decisions today were to stop the operations and make sure everything was identifiable and everyone was safe and secure, " assistant executive director Ken Spirito said

Because everyone had to go through the screening process again there were some long lines. We asked some passengers if they were upset about it.

"I think they're doing what they have to do," Bill Berry said.

"That's fine Anything for security," said Julie Barikos. "I don't' mind doing anything."

By mid afternoon the airport was back on schedule.

By Danielle Thomas

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