Suspect package holds up airport. Amanda McElfresh • firstname.lastname@example.org
• December 22, 2010
As airport security becomes more of a concern during the holiday travel season, travelers will be seeing delays of all sorts. But an hour-long delay for Lafayette Regional Airport users Tuesday morning was of a nature most fowl.
The airport was briefly shut down as authorities investigated a suspicious package that turned out to contain a frozen chicken and a head lamp, said Lt. Craig Stansbury, spokesman for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office.
Police were called to the airport around 10:48 a.m. Tuesday after a TSA employee saw the package run through the screening process.
According to Stansbury, the outline of the wires from the head-mounted mining light overlapped another image, that of the chicken, during the screening.
The combination made for an odd and not readily identifiable image, so the employee notified other security personnel.
The terminal was evacuated while the package was examined.
Stansbury said bomb dogs and other resources were used to make sure the package did not contain anything dangerous.
The wires coming from the lamp made the chicken look particularly suspicious, he said.
According to authorities, the chicken was reportedly stuffed with crawfish as well,
The all-clear was given around 11:45 a.m., and airport operations resumed as usual.