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Box of human ashes triggers US airport bomb scare

A bomb scare that shook Miami International Airport was triggered by a traveller attempting to bring on board a loved one's cremated remains, say reports.
None | By Xinhua, Washington
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2007 01:52 PM IST

A bomb scare that shook Miami International Airport was triggered by a traveller attempting to bring on board a loved one's cremated remains, CNN reported.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokeswoman Sari Koshetz confirmed the report.

"A combination of items in the bag looked suspicious," she referred to a bag that the traveller carried.

The bag reportedly contained a watch, the ashes and other items.

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from a terminal of the airport at approximately 6 am on Monday, as the Miami police bomb squad raced to the scene.

The police gave the all-clear sign to re-enter the terminal and continue operations at about 7.30 am

Airport spokesman Marc Henderson said that the evacuation delayed six flights, affecting about 2,000 passengers.

According to the TSA, passengers are allowed to carry crematory containers in their checked and carry-on luggage.

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