Man packs grenade belt buckle, temporarily shuts down MacArthur Airport checkpoint

Posted: Updated:

The TSA checkpoint at MacArthur Airport was shut down early Wednesday morning due to a suspicious item found by TSA agents.

Islip Town officials tell News 12 that a belt buckle resembling a grenade in a carry-on bag looked suspicious, so TSA agents decided to shut down the airport to investigate a little after 5 a.m.

The security checkpoint was shut down for about 30 minutes while the Suffolk County bomb squad was called in. They eventually determined the item to be safe.

Three flights were delayed while TSA investigated the item.

The passenger who brought the belt buckle was questioned, but eventually boarded his flight on Frontier Airlines.

Town officials say the belt buckle was confiscated and no charges were filed.

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter has since released a statement that reads, "We at the Town of Islip want the public to be comfortable knowing that we operate with an abundance of caution guarding the safety of our ISP passengers."

The airport is now operating normally.

 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."