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May 6, 2010 10:21 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Part of Seattle airport cleared due to smoking bag

The Transportation Security Administration says a baggage area at Seattle-Tacoma airport has been evacuated because of a smoking bag.

TSA spokesman Greg Soule says the baggage room and surrounding area have been evacuated out of an abundance of caution. Local law enforcement officials and the FBI are on the scene.

Airport Spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt says the Port of Seattle bomb squad was called to check out suspicious luggage about 5:30 a.m. Thursday under the concourse where bags are screened. Betancourt says the incident has delayed two American and two Delta flights.

Those passengers and other people from Concourse A have been evacuated to other parts of the airport. Other flights are on schedule and the rest of the airport is operating normally.

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