Unattended bag causes flight delays at airport

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – An unattended bag that no one could immediately identify caused a brief shutdown of the Jackson Hole Airport this morning, resulting in flight delays affecting hundreds of passengers.

Jackson Hole Airport security screening personnel discovered an unattended bag during the opening security sweep of the gate area this morning at approximately 5:05 a.m. The Jackson Police Department Officer on duty was notified immediately.

Further investigation wrapped up at 8:00 a.m. after the bag was cleared and normal activity resumed. It was determined the bag was related to airline operations.

The incident impacted two flights. DL449 to Salt Lake City was scheduled to depart JAC at 7:30 a.m. and departed the gate at 9:02 a.m. UA812 to Denver was scheduled to depart at 8:30 a.m. and departed the gate at 9:06 a.m. A total of 272 passengers were impacted by the delays.

Airport Director Jim Elwood said security is the number one priority at the airport and heaped praise on several partners who came together.

“Safety is always the top priority at airports. We commend the Jackson Police Department and security screening staff for quickly responding to ensure the public’s safety. We are also grateful for the response efforts from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Teton National Park and Jedediah’s for jumping in and serving free refreshments to delayed travelers,” Elwood stated. “These partnerships are invaluable, and each agency responded quickly and efficiently, while maintaining open communication.”

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