Suspicious item at DIA deemed safe; west side drop-off area reopens

DENVER -- A suspicious item found at Denver International Airport was deemed safe, and the west side passenger drop-off area and ticket counters reopened after a two-hour closure Thursday, airport officials said.

The Denver Police Department brought in the bomb squad after a K-9 dog got a positive hit on an oversized abandoned ski bag at door 600 just after 7 a.m.

The Level 6 area was closed as police investigated. At 9:15 a.m., police determined the item was safe and the drop-off area was reopened.

The ticket counters for American and Alaska airlines were also closed by the closure, and passengers rushed to rebook flights.

Passengers were told to use the east side passenger drop-off area until the west side Level 6 area was reopened.

Police said the bag will be tested further to determine why the K-9 got a positive reaction. Drugs could be a possibility, police said.

Police said the bag was filled with personal items and they are trying to determine the owner.

The incident happened 10 hours after a Newark-to-San Diego flight was diverted to DIA because of a "security concern."