Powdery Cooking Materials Cause Scare at LaGuardia Airport

LaGuardia Airport
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A man caused quite the scare at LaGuardia Airport on Wednesday, March 29 while going through security.

A few bags filled with a “white powdery substance” were found by TSA agents at Concourse D in Terminal B very early in the morning.

Three agents all started to suffer from eye irritation and the New York Post mentions that “a large emergency response descended on the airport“. Oddly enough it turned out that the substance was something used for cooking.

With the help of a translator, the man said that the white substance was cornstarch, rice flour and potato leaf. The Post mentions that it was confirmed that the powder wasn’t hazardous.

The terminal remained open and flights at LaGuardia Airport were not delayed.

As for the agents, they were taken to Elmhurst Hospital to be checked. There was no mention of their status.

While the situation didn’t cause delays at the airport, the emergency response did cause traffic delays on the Grand Central Parkway.

Between construction at LaGuardia and this situation, I could only imagine how bad the delays must’ve been.

Find out more from the New York Post here.

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