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Flights canceled after suspicious item found at MidAmerica Airport

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Passengers stand in a terminal area after a safety concern halt a flight at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah ( Credit: KMOV) Passengers stand in a terminal area after a safety concern halt a flight at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah ( Credit: KMOV)
Passengers stand in a terminal area after a safety concern halt a flight at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah ( Credit: KMOV) Passengers stand in a terminal area after a safety concern halt a flight at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah ( Credit: KMOV)
MASCOUTAH, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

Investigators confirmed no threat was found after flights were canceled Sunday afternoon when TSA agents discovered a suspicious item at an airport in Mascoutah, Illinois.

Before 1 p.m., TSA agents from MidAmerica Airport were checking passengers boarding an Allegiant Airline fight heading for Florida. While screening carry-on items, agents located a laptop that allegedly had suspicious wire hanging from it.

The St. Clair County Sheriff Department said the company stopped boarding and all passengers were moved to another area of the terminal. The airport was shut down from almost four hours waiting the arrival of the Illinois Secretary of State Bomb Squad units.

According to authorities, the laptop was determined to be harmless. The suspicious wires that the agents noticed was a hard drive attached to the computer, police say.

Mike Arnold, who was stranded at the airport, told News 4 that many passengers were left in the dark about what was going on.

“There was no indication from anyone other than don't go up the steps. They were keeping people away but weren’t really saying anything,” said Arnold. "And when we find out that it was something suspicious, you kinda wonder why we weren’t evacuated from the building."

As hours past, several flights were canceled making it difficult for many families flying to and from their spring break travel plans.

 Dr. Mark Davis said he was forced to sit on the a cold plane for hours. Davis was returning from sunny Orlando to snowy Mascoutah.

 "Very traumatic and unfortunate the staff just wasn't prepared for what happened, we've been sitting on the plane for over three hours," said Davis. "The engines were turned to idle so there was no heat so its just been traumatic and kind of claustrophobic

Officials said the airport was cleared and reopened to normal traffic at 5 p.m.

MidAmerica Airport has not issued an official statement following the incident.

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