Officers find mock explosive device at Toronto airport

Randall Craig
April 7, 2017

USA customs officials are holding a United Airlines flight on the runway at Pearson International Airport Thursday morning as they investigate a "possible security breach", police said.

A USA customs spokesperson said the aircraft was inspected, including the rescreening of all travellers and baggage, and normal operations resumed after the plane was cleared.

A "mock" explosive device found in a suitcase set off a major investigation at Toronto Pearson International Airport that held up a Chicago-bound United Airlines flight for hours.

Passengers were expected to identify their baggage once it was unloaded in the quarantine area, then go through a re-screening process before being driven back to the terminal where United Airlines would attempt to book them on another flight. However, passengers were left on the plane for more than three hours.

After the security breach was cleared, United Airlines 547 was cleared for take-off and passengers re-boarded the plane.

US customs says all passengers and luggage were removed from the plane, adding the device they found during screening tested negative for explosives.

Earlier in the morning, Peel police tweeted that U.S. Customs was investigating a possible security breach, but that there was no threat to public safety.

The flight departed from Pearson around 11 a.m. and was scheduled to land at the O'Hare airport around 12:15 p.m.

They were then told of the real reason, CTV reports.

Gemmell said passengers were initially told RCMP dogs would be brought on board to search the plane but that didn't appear to have happened.

Airport officials said the security breach had no impact on other airport operations.

"Shortly later they announced there was a security issue and then it turned into a serious security issue".

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