As if holiday travel couldn't get worse, the dreaded "suspicious package" just turned up at Miami International Airport. #BREAKING
— Chris Shepherd (@ChrisShepherd) December 24, 2012
Those familiar with holiday travel know it can be a real hassle, but perhaps no one understands that better today than travelers at Miami International Airport. After a ‘suspicious item’ was found …
Suspicious item reported at Miami Intl Airport. Police on scene. Live aerial signal on CH 3 from @WPLGLocal10.
— CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) December 24, 2012
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) December 24, 2012
… the entire airport was reportedly evacuated.
Needless to say, travelers are frustrated and confused:
— Reena Roy (@reenaroy) December 24, 2012
— Jigg (@Jiggolo) December 24, 2012
Just got evacuated from Miami Intl Airport. Standing in parking garage. What is going on??
— Raya Samet (@LibraryRaya) December 24, 2012
SCREW YOU MIAMI, SCREW YOU MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, NEVER EVER AGAIN
— Kim (@kimmy_mariee) December 24, 2012
— W'burg Salsa Orch (@theWSO) December 24, 2012
Security nightmare at Miami International airport. A hassle but glad that airport police are keeping us safe!
— Mira Otto (@msamet86) December 24, 2012
Twitchy will continue to monitor this story and update with any developments.
It appears that the ‘suspicious item’ that triggered the evacuation was, in fact, a lighter shaped like a grenade.
A lighter was mistaken for a grenade at Miami International Airport, prompting a security scare on Christmas Eve, said Miami-Dade Police.
The item was found in a bag in Concourse J. The upper floor of concourses J through H was shut down for about an hour, said Marc Henderson, the Media Relations Manager for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.
Airport activity is now relatively back to normal. Better safe than sorry!