E-cigarette causes smoking suitcase scare at airport

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Transportation Security Administration agents came across a smoking suitcase. Yes, a large suitcase with smoke pouring out from the seams. 

According to TSA's office of public affairs, the packed, blue plastic roller-bag had smoke rising out of it and caused chaos in the checked baggage screening room.

The area had to be evacuated for nearly an hour to allow State Police and Port Fire & Rescue teams to check the suitcase for explosives. 

It turned out that the smoking suitcase was triggered by a lithium battery inside an e-cigarette.

The TSA added that the incident took place during the record-setting Thanksgiving travel period when they screened 56,686 passengers plus their checked and carry-on bags. 

The smoking suitcase belonged to a passenger who was flying to Kansas City. He was quickly contacted by authorities and his flight was delayed until the situation was cleared.

The TSA said it is focused on making sure nothing catastrophic occurs on an airplane, and so of course --- a suitcase that has smoke emitting from it is definitely suspicious

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