Hand grenade closed Gardermoen

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Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen was forced to close temporarily Wednesday morning, after screening equipment spotted a hand grenade in a passenger’s suitcase.

The grenade wasn’t loaded, but it set off alarms and the suitcase was singled out for manual control. Then it was delayed in reaching the controllers, prompting airport officials to immediately halt all check-in operations for around 20 minutes. Takeoffs and landings were also disrupted for around a half-hour, reported Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Airport spokesman Jo Kobro said he was glad the security routines functioned well, but he understood the concern and disruption such events cause for passengers and the airlines.

Delays were expected throughout the day because of the early morning incident. Kobro appealed to the public not to attempt air travel with a hand grenade in their baggage. Just last month, the airport in Bergen closed after military personnel sent a mock bomb used for training purposees in checked luggage.

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