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Computer monitor causes scare at airport

world Updated: Dec 20, 2010 21:26 IST

A computer monitor that was checked as baggage caused a security scare at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport, leading to a terminal's precautionary shutdown.

Terminal A, which is home to American Airlines at the airport near New York City, was closed on Monday morning while a bomb squad examined the device.

Computer monitors normally emit small amounts of radiation, and that triggered an alert as the package was screened by a machine behind the ticket counter, American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said.

There was never any danger, FBI agent Bryan Travers said. The monitor was being shipped to the same destination as its owner, who was already in flight. Travers said.