Flights resume at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth after bomb scare - CBS 5 - KPHO

Flights resume at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth after bomb scare

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Travelers and employees stand outside of the airport following the evacuation on Sunday. (Photo: Tony Byram) Travelers and employees stand outside of the airport following the evacuation on Sunday. (Photo: Tony Byram)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Flights have resumed at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport after a bomb scare shut down the airport on Sunday.

Police say an employee at the airport found a note in the bathroom claiming there was a bomb in the airport. Authorities immediately began evacuating the airport, as well as shutting down access roads leading into the airport.

The person responsible for writing the note could face serious charges as well as fines.

Birmingham police, bomb dogs and the FBI Terrorism Task Force covered every inch of the airport, but found nothing.

The airport reopened after more than two hours the airport, but the shutdown caused a headache for many passengers since several flights had to be delayed or even diverted into nearby cities.

At least one plane bound for Birmingham was diverted to Huntsville International Airport. Delta Flight 39-47 from Detroit landed in the Rocket City just after 5 p.m. Passengers then boarded a bus that was waiting on them. The bus carried them to Birmingham.

Dozens more Birmingham-bound passengers also ended up in Montgomery Sunday night. Some boarded buses to get back to the Magic City and others rented cars.

For flight info on Monday, passengers should contact their airline carrier to find out the status of their flights. You can also go to flybirmingham.com for the latest on arrivals and departures.

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