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ACY reopens after suspicious package deemed non threatening

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A plane with passengers waits on the runway at ACY while emergency responders attempt to clear a suspicious package that was found in a restroom Friday. A plane with passengers waits on the runway at ACY while emergency responders attempt to clear a suspicious package that was found in a restroom Friday.
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Many are breathing a sigh of relief after finding out that a suspicious item found at Atlantic City international airport, was in fact non-threatening.

"I'd like to know what's going on. It is scary."

Kelly Kwortnik was in for quite a surprise when she came to pick up her mother from the Atlantic City International Airport, and found a line of police barricading the entrance.

"She's nervous. She's texting me from the runway what is going on because they don't know. She just found out they are on lock down," said Kwortnik.

"I was dropping my brother off and I go to pull up and no one was there and a guy runs over to me saying, oh my god what are you doing? You got to get out of here," said Chris Brand.

The airport went into lock down around 12:30 P.M. after officials say a TSA agent discovered a suspicious item inside of the first floor family care restroom.

The building remained closed for two and a half hours until State Police and airport security were able to deem the item as "not a threat".

But that didn't stop those trying to board, and trying to find loved ones from thinking the worst, especially in light of recent events.

"This country is very scary, it's getting worse instead of better."

Those who fly out of ACY say they usually prefer this smaller location, saying that they never expected anything unusual or suspicious to happen here.

But at the end of the day, these concerned bystanders say they are grateful that security is taking everything so seriously, saying it's better to be safe than sorry.

"You have to," said Kwortnik. "You can't be too careful. It's scary, but as long as they figure out what's going on, I can wait as long as I have to."

At least three flights were delayed because of the shut down.

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