The Latest: American: Checkpoint closure delayed 6 flights

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Posted: Mar 14, 2016 12:43 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a security situation at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

American Airlines says six departures from Phoenix's airport were delayed because of a roughly hour-long checkpoint closure Monday morning.

American spokeswoman Victoria Lupica provided the update after previously saying about a dozen flights were delayed.

The checkpoint was evacuated while a police bomb squad checked out what produced a suspicious X-ray image.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Michael England says the item turned out to not be explosive.

Lupica says there may be some residual delays but that the airline's operations will gradually return to normal during the day.

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7:45 a.m.

American Airlines says about a dozen departures from Phoenix were delayed because of the roughly hour-long checkpoint closure Monday morning.

The checkpoint was evacuated while a police bomb squad checked out something that produced a suspicious X-ray image.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Michael England says the item turned out to not be explosive.

American spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says the affected flights have begun departing.

Lupica says there may be some residual delays but that the airline's operations will gradually return to normal during the day.

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7:25 a.m.

A security checkpoint at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix has reopened after a police bomb squad was summoned to check out an item that produced a suspicious X-Ray image.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Michael England says the bomb squad checked the item and determined it wasn't explosive. Airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez says the closure lasted about an hour Monday morning.

Matt Cowan was among the passengers evacuated. He says passengers were feeling antsy because of the lack of information, but they were understanding as staff scurried to make up for the delay after the checkpoint reopened.

No additional information was immediately available.

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6:50 a.m.

A Phoenix Police Department bomb squad is at Sky Harbor International Airport to check out a suspicious image at a security checkpoint.

Transportation Security Administration Michael England says the checkpoint was evacuated Monday morning. England says no additional information is immediately available.

Airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez says some American Airlines flights might be delayed.

Police spokesman Trent Crump confirmed that police are assisting TSA at the airport but declined to elaborate.

The checkpoint is in Terminal 4, which serves American and Southwest airlines.