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Atlanta airport disrupted by suspicious bag

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ATLANTA, Apr 19 (Reuters) Security officers closed the screening checkpoints at the busy Atlanta airport for nearly two hours today after finding what they suspected could be an explosive in a carry-on bag.

Bomb squad officers were called in after workers with the Transportation Security Administration found the suspicious bag around 2330 hrs ist, the agency said.

Flights were delayed and security checkpoints evacuated at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport -- the world's busiest passenger airport with nearly 86 million passengers in 2005, according to the Airports Council International.

TSA said the screening checkpoints reopened after about two hours, but it was unclear if anyone had been arrested or whether any explosives had been found. Crowds of travelers waited outside the airport.

REUTERS SC PM0253

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