Part of the mall at Terminal 1 at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was closed for about an hour Wednesday afternoon.
In a tweet at 4:28 p.m., MSP Airport said they cleared part of the terminal while police investigated an unattended bag, with airport spokesperson Pat Hogan telling GoMN the north end of the Terminal 1 mall was closed, as well as the north end of baggage claim.
Hogan told KSTP the bag was left around 4 p.m. at the Stone Arch restaurant, which is in the mall after you go through security (see map at the bottom of the page). The investigation forced travelers to find different routes to get to gates G and F, as well as baggage claim, according to tweets.
The bomb squad was called in to investigate, the airport tweeted at 5:03 p.m., and by 5:30 p.m., officials had given the all-clear.
Hogan told GoMN airport officials eventually identified the owner of the bag, adding the bag contained no prohibited items.
Anyone who leaves a bag unattended can be charged with a misdemeanor, Hogan noted. But he said reports of unattended bags are fairly infrequent considering more than 100,000 people travel through MSP daily. And usually if there's a report of an unattended bag, the owner of the bag is nearby and the situation is resolved quickly.