A 49-year old woman will not be charged after an incident at the Regina airport Monday morning where a “suspicious” package forced an evacuation of the second floor.
Around 10 a.m., security was notified about the package at the x-ray machines of pre-board screening causing a security protocol to go in place according to Regina Airport Authority and CEO Dick Graham.
“What we saw here today is very uncommon in Canadian airports and quite frankly at airports around the world, ” said Graham. “We are very happy we followed a protocol that is written and a procedure that must be followed and took the steps that we did.”
Kari Dean, the Director of Communications, Customer Service with the Regina Airport Authority says the situation was managed in a safe and efficient manner.
She says At approximately 1:45 p.m. normal operations resumed and Air Canada and WestJet began assisting passengers with their travels.
Elizabeth Popowich, is the Manager, Public Information & Strategic Communication with the Regina Police Service.
She says the Police Service Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) attended to the scene.
“The risk assessment by the EDU determined the object should be transported safely away from the airport,” said Popowich.
“Members of the EDU donned protective equipment and transported the item to a remote site for further investigation. It was at that point that investigators were able to determine the object was not an explosive device.”
Authorities gave the all-clear was around 2 p.m.
Travellers going through YQR Airport are still advised to check their flights Tuesday, to ensure there are no delays.