Electric toothbrush triggers bomb scare at Atlanta airport

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 06, 2013 06:30 hrs

A battery- powered toothbrush has been held responsible for sparking the bomb scare at Atlanta airport yesterday.

The ticking sound of a bag that alarmed employees at the world's busiest airport, turned out to be nothing more than a passenger's toothbrush, the New York Daily News reported.

It was the electric toothbrush, which was responsible for the sound, that gave rise to fears of a bomb at Atlanta's airport and led police to barricade a section of the north terminal while a bomb squad responded.

According to airport spokeswoman Myrna White, AirTran employees heard the ticking sound after the bag was dropped off shortly before 7:30 a.m. at the airline's kiosk, close to the curbs where cars and buses pull up to the north terminal.

White also asserted that some travelers were diverted to the south terminal and normal operations in the area resumed by 8:10 a.m. (ANI)