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TSA finds fake explosive device at Chicago O'Hare airport

Posted at 8:45 PM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 21:45:39-04

A fake Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was found in a traveler's carry-on bag at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport according to TSA.

The airport checkpoint was closed for 19 minutes while the Chicago Police Bomb Squad responded to the scene to clear the item. 

In this case, officers could not take the traveler's word that the explosive was fake after seeing it on the X-ray monitor, even with the numbers on the timer clearly drawn on with Sharpie.

Instead, a TSA Explosives Specialist or Police Department Bomb Squad must respond before the bag is even opened.

Findings like this can lead to large fines and arrest.

It is unclear why the traveler was carrying a fake explosive in their carry-on.