YYJ delays: RCMP call Victoria International Airport for suspicious package

Travelers with a flight scheduled at Victoria International Airport (YYJ) on Tuesday are being warned of travel disruptions due to police activity.

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP say the airport was closed after a suspicious package was found around 1:30 p.m.

Cpl. Andres Sanchez of the Sidney/North Saanich RCMP says the airport has been closed to all inbound and outbound flights “out of an abundance of caution.”

He said the airport will remain closed until police “can be sure the public can travel safely”.

‘INCENDIARY DEVICE’

“The package was located at departures/check-ins [area]so he was brought in by a passenger,” Sanchez said Tuesday afternoon.

The package was reported by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) personnel who spotted what appeared to be an “incendiary device” in a bag, he said.

“CATSA employees performed the checks that you normally do during a departure situation at the airport,” he said.

“They scanned the bag and discovered that there were items inside which could be of a dangerous nature and at that time the police were called to the scene to investigate further,” he said. -he declares.

Constables say a specialist RCMP team was called in from the mainland to remove the bag from the scene and “ensure the package is handled in a safe manner”.

PASSENGER UNDER INVESTIGATION

Sanchez says the individual who brought the bag is being investigated, but it’s unclear whether criminal charges will still be recommended.

“Again, because we don’t know what’s in that bag, we can’t talk more about it,” he said.

In the meantime, people are asked to avoid the airport for the next few hours, according to RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Chris Manseau.

At around 4:20 p.m., the airport announced that all commercial flights scheduled for the next two hours were cancelled.

The airport works with airlines to keep them informed of flight status.

Police say they hope the airport can reopen on Tuesday evening, but it’s unclear how long the investigation into the property will take.

Travelers should check the YYJ website for the latest updates on their flights, according to the airport.

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