Suspension ended for US-bound flights from Jamaica

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Posted: Mar 01, 2011 6:12 PM
Suspension ended for US-bound flights from Jamaica

A temporary suspension on air cargo operations from Jamaica to the United States was lifted Tuesday, two days after officials received an unspecified threat.

Cargo and duty-free items can now leave the Caribbean island for U.S. destinations, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, U.S. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nicholas Kimball said the agency was helping Jamaica with "precautionary security measures" for U.S.-bound flights following what he called "unsubstantiated threat information." He said it was being done out of "an abundance of caution."

"Additional security measures, both seen and unseen, will be applied as appropriate," Kimball said in an e-mail.

U.S. and Jamaican officials have refused to disclose specifics about the reported threat other than to say island police received it and immediately notified aviation officials.

Cargo operations from Jamaica to Canada and the Bahamas were also briefly suspended.