Thursday, July 14, 2005

Humphrey Terminal Reopened After Evacuation

The Humphrey Terminal was reopened Wednesday night after being evacuated for about four hours when bomb-sniffing dogs detected a scent earlier that evening. Passengers and airport employees were evacuated from the Humphrey Terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport around 6:30 p.m. after K9s identified possible explosives, according to airport officials. Two separate K-9s stopped near two vending machines in different areas of the terminal, airport spokesman Pat Hogan said. About 200 passengers on a Sun Country flight were affected, Hogan said. Outgoing flights were delayed and incoming flights were diverted to the Lindbergh Terminal. The Bloomington Bomb Squad searched the terminal and determined the scent most likely came from a person handling the two machines. The evacuation did not affect Lindbergh Terminal, the larger of the two terminals. Sun Country and Midwest Airlines operate from the Humphrey Terminal. The Humphrey Terminal has 10 gates compared with the 117 at the Lindbergh Terminal.