TSA calls in bomb squad to handle suspicious computer at Quad City International Airport


MOLINE, Illinois -- The security checkpoint at the Quad City International Airport was closed for about 90 minutes after a TSA agent flagged a laptop computer as suspicious.

An agent red-flagged the computer as it went through the x-ray machine Tuesday morning, December 6, 2016, according to Sgt. Randy Heisch, a bomb squad leader from the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department. The security checkpoint was subsequently closed to incoming passengers.

The bomb squad, which was called in by the TSA, used a robot to transport the computer to a safe area where it was analyzed and then cleared, said Heisch. It was returned to its owner.

One passenger at the airport said it was around 8 a.m. when he was told he would have to wait to go through security.

The security checkpoint was reopened around 9:20 a.m.

Two United Airlines flights, scheduled to leave for Denver and Chicago and 9 a.m. and 10:25 a.m., respectively, were delayed, according to the QC Airport website. The Denver flight was rescheduled to 10 a.m.; and the Chicago flight for 1 p.m.

Another United Airlines flight from Chicago, which was scheduled to arrive at the airport at 9:55 a.m. was also delayed.

There were no other delays listed on the website.