Staff and Wire Report
ALBUQUERQUE — A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee told security officers he was transporting a fake bomb to a Department of Energy conference Sunday after the item caused a shutdown and flight delays at the Albuquerque International Sunport, according to news reports.
The security checkpoint at Albuquerque airport was shut down while authorities investigated the suspicious item, leaving dozens of travelers anxiously waiting to board flights.
Albuquerque International Sunport spokesman Daniel Jiron said an item left at the checkpoint around 1:45 p.m. raised suspicion and airport police were called.
Officers evacuated the checkpoint area as a precaution.
Jiron says arriving passengers were held in a concourse area and departing passengers are not allowed past the checkpoint. Jiron says roughly six flights were delayed as a result of the incident.
Jeremy Danielson, 40, of Los Alamos, told Transportation Security Administration officers that the “fake bomb” he allegedly tried to bring aboard a plane at the Albuquerque Sunport Sunday was an experimental device he was bringing to a Department of Energy conference.
According to news reports, Danielson was traveling on official business.