Broome airport reopens after bomb alert

Staff reportersBroome Advertiser

Broome International Airport has re-opened after a bomb scare.

The terminal was shut down at about 1pm this afternoon after a passenger allegedly made comments to an airline worker relating to explosives.

One witness, who did not want to be named, told the Broome Advertiser that she overheard a man tell an airline worker that he had explosives while checking into his flight, but then said it was a joke.

She said she later saw airport officials conducting an explosives test on his carry-on luggage before alarms went off and the terminal was evacuated.

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BIA chief executive Paul McSweeney said he could not comment on the security incident, but said it was dealt with very well.

“The situation was contained and we made sure the terminal was safe again before we opened it,” he said.

“People inside the terminal that were evacuated were very calm and co-operative.”

Mr McSweeney said there were no significant flight delays.

A man is currently helping police with their inquiries.

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