TSA Orders Passengers to Evacuate Houston Airport

A Boy Scout who packed a toy grenade in his carry-on bag caused the shutdown of a security checkpoint at Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport Thursday morning, just a day after the international terminal of the city’s other major airport was evacuated due to a bomb scare.

Houston Airport System spokesman Bill Begley said people were allowed to approach the checkpoint again after authorities determined that the suspicious item spotted by a Transportation Security Administration agent was a “novelty grenade.” It’s not clear why the 17-year-old had the item in his bag.

Houston police said the state won’t charge the teen but that he could face a federal fine. The episode created a backlog of at least a thousand people waiting to go through security.

Source: Boy Scout’s toy grenade causes bomb scare in Houston airport

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