Souvenir grenade in passenger's bag disrupts Salt Lake airport

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A passenger traveling with an inactive grenade in his carry-on luggage caused the temporary closure of an airport security screening area on Saturday.

Transportation Security Administration personnel found the grenade as the passenger's bag passed through the Terminal 1 checkpoint about 11:15 a.m., Salt Lake City International Airport spokeswoman Barbara Gann said.

Security officers rerouted passengers to checkpoints in two other terminals and established a 100 foot perimeter while the luggage was inspected.

The grenade turned out to be a souvenir, Gann said.

It's owner was temporarily detained for questioning, she said.

The Terminal 1 security checkpoint was closed for about 40 minutes.

The weekend before Christmas is traditionally one of the busiest air travel days of the year.

­Tribune reporter Jennifer Dobner contributed to this story.

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