Airport alert over computer check

May 11 2011

An island airport was evacuated after a passenger's computer tested positive during an explosives security test.

Police launched an investigation involving special branch following the incident at Islay airport in the Inner Hebrides during the morning.

The airport was evacuated but later re-opened at about 1730 BST.

It is understood the passenger was a whisky enthusiast from Japan who was planning to fly off the island after spending several nights there.

Strathclyde Police said no arrests had been made and the inquiry was ongoing.

A spokesperson for HIAL said: "Earlier today a passenger's computer registered a positive reading during a routine explosive trace detection security check at Islay airport. The airport was evacuated and secured.

"A police investigation is currently under way, the special branch is involved, and the Department for Transport informed."

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