No charges filed against passenger whose luggage shut down Peoria airport

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PEORIA, Illinois -- There will be no charges filed against the passenger whose luggage containing "suspicious items" prompted a shut down of an airport.

A TSA agent at the Peoria International Airport found things inside a bag of checked luggage that “closely resembled components of an explosive device,” according to a post from the Peoria County Sheriff’s Facebook page. The discovery was made around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016.

Related: Dog toys, and safety training items for abortion clinics, are what shut down Peoria airport 

Photo from the Peoria County Sheriff's Office Facebook account

Photo from the Peoria County Sheriff's Office Facebook account

The items ended up being dog fetch toys and training materials used for security at abortion clinics, the Facebook post said.   Before the all-clear was given though, some areas of the airport were evacuated, nobody was allowed inside, and the passenger who brought the bag was detained for questioning.

The passenger was a 38-year-old woman from Maryland, according to an updated Facebook post from the Peoria County Sheriff's account.  She works for the National Abortion Federation and the items found in her bag "are used for training purposes at abortion clinics nationwide, to train employees on how to identify suspicious items such as dynamite." She was heading to Washington, D.C. after conducting a training clinic in Peoria the day before.

The Peoria County Sheriff Department's post confirmed that no charges would be filed against her.


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