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Edinburgh Airport: Suspect Package 'No Threat'
Hundreds of passengers have been left stranded after a security alert at Edinburgh Airport caused cancellations and delays.
A bomb disposal team was called to the airport at 1.50pm when a suspicious package was detected by a security X-ray machine.
Police also questioned a passenger at the airport in the wake of the discovery.
Around 100 travellers were evacuated from the airport terminal to a nearby multi-storey car park. Others who had already passed through security remained in the departures area.
Passengers on flights that landed around the time of the alert were left on planes and later moved to a nearby hotel. Roads around the airport were also closed.
Authorities gave the all-clear at the airport around 5pm following an investigation.
Police concluded that there was no threat and the airport has now reopened, but disruption to flights is expected to continue.
"I'm glad to say that they (the police) have concluded there is no threat," the chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordon Dewar, told Sky News.
"The challenge now will be once they hand back the airport to us, we have to get it up to normal operation again."
Police Scotland said the airport would now "begin to reopen with cordons and road restrictions lifted imminently".
Chief Inspector David Campbell said: "As part of a routine bag search at the airport, suspicions were raised about the contents of one item of hand luggage and the decision was taken to evacuate the airport while the appropriate inquiries could be carried out.
"We are now satisfied there isn't, nor was there ever, any risk to the public and the airport will now begin to reopen.
"We would like to thank the public for their patience and co-operation during the emergency service response."
Many inbound flights were diverted to Glasgow Airport, while a number of outbound flights were cancelled.
Among the inbound flights to be diverted were services arriving from Berlin, Munich, London, Amsterdam and Brussels.
Sky's Scotland Correspondent James Matthews said police used a robot to investigate the suspect package.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police at Edinburgh Airport implemented a closure of the building and the access roads following the discovery of a potentially suspicious bag within the central search area at around 1.50pm today."
An airport spokesperson urged passengers to check with their airline about the status of their flight.
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