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Newark airport terminal shut briefly for security scare

Newark International airport
Image caption The incident came on one of the busiest weeks of the year for travel

One of the terminals at Newark Liberty International airport near New York has reopened after a brief closure due to a security scare.

The incident was sparked by a suspect package at a counter in Terminal A, later found to be a computer monitor.

Television pictures had shown a number of emergency services vehicles parked outside the airport building with lights flashing and no traffic being allowed to approach.

Newark is 15 miles from Manhattan.

Terminal A is where American Airlines (AA) flights are based.

Computer monitors normally emit small amounts of radiation, and that triggered an alert as the package was screened by a machine behind the ticket counter after being checked as baggage, American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.