In a time when a major US city was at a fear driven stand still watching the storylines of the Boston marathon bombers unfold; the Atlantic City Airport had its own run in with the fear factor Friday, when a TSA agent discovered a suspicious package in the family care unisex bathroom of the airports terminal.
"The terminal was evacuated, state police bomb squad responded, cleared the item, and it was all cleared," says Kevin Rehmann, the security and communications manager of the airport.
The package was reported to airport operations, who contacted the New Jersey State Police, who then made the call to evacuate the airports terminal for safety measures.
"Well based on everything that is happening with the Boston marathon, I'm a little scared," says Lee Hughes of Tom's River.
According to Rehmann, the happenings in Boston were in the back of everyone's mind, but protocol was no different.
He says that, "It was in the back of everyone's mind, but this is something that we do routinely we would do this anyway."
The terminal was on lock down for about 90 minutes reopening around 2:30 PM. Delaying some flights, but passengers are more relieved the incident turned out to be essentially nothing.
"I was surprised to hear there was an evacuation. I was very happy to hear that nothing bad there and nothing came of it," says a Florida passenger.
"I'm glad to see that everybody was on top of it and not ignoring it, because sometimes people just ignore it. But this time I'm glad they paid attention," says Hughes.
Atlantic City airport officials will meet with New Jersey State Police reps next week to discuss Friday's events, and to see if anything could have been done differently.