Souvenir causes scare at Phoenix-Mesa airport - New York News

Souvenir causes scare at Phoenix-Mesa airport

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A piece of luggage that was red-flagged at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport contained an object that looked like a hand grenade but turned out to be an inert souvenir that only resembled an explosive.

In the end, the object was determined to be a paper weight.

Airport spokesman Brian Sexton says Sunday's discovery caused the airport's luggage inspection to stop for about an hour but it didn't force the delay or cancellation of any flights.

The object was spotted at nearly 3 p.m. Sunday during luggage scanning for an Allegiant flight.

Sgt. Tony Landato of the Mesa police says the couple that tried to bring the inert grenade on the plane may be fined by the Transportation Security Administration.

No arrests were made.

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