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Land mines found in checked luggage at Salt Lake airport

Land mines found in checked luggage at Salt Lake airport

By Molly Farmer | Posted - Oct. 22, 2011 at 9:45 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Never leave home without your landmines.

One man traveling through Salt Lake International Airport did just that.

The land mines were found in checked luggage at Salt Lake International last week, causing delays for four flights.

Lorie Dankers with the Transportation Security Association said the land mines had been expended, but still contained trace explosive chemicals.

The system really did work in this case.

–- Lorie Dankers, TSA

"What I've been told is they were training agents, they were expended," she said. "(There was) explosive residue on these items, and as a result, that's what caused the alarm."

An explosive detection device sounded an alarm and a Navy explosive disposal squad responded and determined the mines were inert.

"The system really did work in this case," Dankers said.

All checked baggage from that area had to be rerouted to other baggage systems and four flights were delayed about 20 minutes.

It's not clear from which city the luggage originated or where it was headed.


Molly Farmer


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