The security threat that shut down part of Terminal C at Kansas City International Airport came just hours after the city’s Airport Committee toured the airport.
TSA officials had said in a past review of the airport that threats are easier to isolate at a multiple terminal airport like KCI.
The FBI spokesperson explained investigators searched a man after he was acting suspiciously. They found suspicious items, but nothing that determined to be a threat and released the man.
The airport committee has been tasked to determine whether the more than 40-year-old airport should be renovated or rebuilt.
TSA officials said multiple terminal airports make isolating security issues like the one Tuesday easier to manage.
That’s something the committee chair Jolie Justus said is a factor, but not the only one.
“What happened at KCI is really not going to have any bearing on our discussion," she said. "We’re going to have a full, thorough and public discussion based on security, convenience and modernization. We’re going to have that discussion regardless of what happens.”
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Along with security, Justus said the airport committee will be looking into the airport’s cost effectiveness and return on investment for the taxpayers.
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