Jackson Hole Airport

The discovery of an unattended bag at Jackson Hole Airport delayed two flights Friday morning.

Jackson Hole Airport security located the suspicious bag at 5:05 a.m. during the morning security sweep of the gate area and immediately notified the Jackson Police Department officer on duty.

“Further investigation was needed to ensure the safety of airline operations,” an airport release said.

The first scheduled departure of the day, a Delta Air Lines flight headed to Salt Lake City, was delayed from 7:30 a.m. until 9:02 a.m. A United Airlines flight to Denver, scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. departure, left at 9:06 a.m. Airport officials said 272 passengers were affected by the delays.

Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, the Teton County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Teton National Park responded to the incident. Jedediah’s at the Airport served free refreshments to those delayed.

“Safety is always the top priority at airports,” Jackson Hole Airport Executive Director Jim Elwood said. “We commend the Jackson Police Department and security screening staff for quickly responding to ensure the public’s safety.”

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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