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Posted at 5:21 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Suspicious item cleared at Dulles

By Kafia A. Hosh

6:55 p.m. Update: Airports officials say that all areas of Dulles have now reopened.

6:35 p.m. Update: An airports official says the incident at Dulles has been resolved. The item was a package, not luggage, and authorities said it was not a threat. The spokesman had no additional information on its contents. Employees are returning to their work stations. The baggage claim area and the United Air Lines ticket counter are expected to reopen soon.

6:16 p.m. Update: Airports officials say the east end of the main terminal baggage claim and the United ticket counter remain closed as police investigate the suspicious item.

Original post: Authorities are investigating a suspicious item at Dulles International Airport.

A television report on NBC 4 showed that police cars with flashing lights arrayed in the arrivals lane of the Eero Saarinen-designed airport terminal.

According to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, a canine unit reacted to an unattended item on the east of the baggage claim level. Four baggage claim carousels and the United Airlines ticket counter, which sits above the area where the item was found, were evacuated.

Airports officials could not confirm what kind of item was found and what made it suspicious, only that it was unattended.

The airport remains open to flights.

By Kafia A. Hosh  | January 6, 2011; 5:21 PM ET
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