The suspicious item has been determined to be a ‘medical device’
Billy Bishop Airport was evacuated for hours Monday morning after a suspicious item was found in a bag, according to a PortsToronto spokesperson.
“At approximately 7:20 a.m. this morning, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) identified an item of concern in a passenger’s carry-on luggage,” Jessica Pellerin told the Sun.
The screening area was secured and passenger terminal was evacuated, as Toronto Police, Toronto Fire and EMS were dispatched to the airport.
About four hours later, the airport said the item had been cleared and normal operations would be resuming.
“The Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) of Toronto Police Services retrieved the item, conducted a full investigation, and have confirmed that the item is a medical device and not a threat to public safety” Pellerin said.
Passenger screening, which was temporarily suspended, was being restarted but the airport said passengers should still expect delays as airlines get back on schedule.
Earlier this month, Porter Airlines and Air Canada resumed commercial flights out of Billy Bishop after suspending operations due to the pandemic.
The first flight, to Ottawa, received a water canon salute performed by the airport’s onsite Airport Rescue and Firefighting team.