🔴 An "incident" occurred around 11 a.m. Saturday morning that put the airport on a ground stop

🔴 K9 dogs were being brought in

🔴 Passengers needed to be rescreened before returning to their gates


A security threat at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport closed the airport late Saturday morning.

The airport on its Twitter account said an "incident" occurred around 11 a.m. but did not disclose details. All passengers are exiting the airport's secured area and will be rescreened by the TSA before returning to their gates.

The FAA website showed the airport on a ground stop until at least 1:45 p.m. but it appeared to have been lifted by 1:30 p.m.  The agency referred questions about the incident to airport administration.

A passenger told WMUR he saw a Sprit Airlines flight that was moved to a different area of the airport after all the passengers got off the plane.

Several early afternoon flights on the airport website are displaying as having delayed departures.

The Rockingham Alert Facebook page reported a New Hampshire State Police K9 explosive dog was being sent to the airport. Police are blocking the entrance to the airport, according to the Strafford County Scanner Alerts Facebook page.

"The safety of New Hampshire residents and visitors is always the Department’s first priority. Anyone who sees something suspicious should immediately contact local law enforcement or 9-1-1," the state Department of Safety said in a statement.

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Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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