Partial evacuation lifted at Ontario Airport terminal 2 after training device discovered during baggage screening

ONTARIO >> A portion of Terminal 2 at the Ontario International Airport was evacuated on Friday afternoon after authorities discovered an inert training device in the checked baggage of a passenger — but no flights were delayed, airport officials say.

Shortly before 4 p.m., security discovered the device and, per protocol, the area was cleared and police were notified, said Dan Adamus, spokesman for the Ontario International Airport Authority.

“It was discovered in the baggage of a government contract worker,” Adamus said. “It was determined to be benign.”

Adamus declined to describe the device.

Bill Dietzen, a Rancho Cucamonga resident, said when his Alaska Airlines flight landed at 4:45 pm, the pilot said there might be a 30-minute delay.

“But it was more like 10” before passengers were allowed to leave the plane, said Dietzen, who said he saw a fire engine and a few police cars on the airfield side of Terminal 2.

The plane did not land at its assigned gate.

Shortly after 5 p.m., officials lifted the order.

By about 5:30 p.m., patrons were checking in normally at the United Airlines flight desk.


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