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

DENVER — The west side passenger drop-off area at Denver International Airport was closed for nearly two hours Thursday as officers investigated a suspicious item, airport officials said.

The Denver Police Department brought in the bomb squad as part of the investigation.

The Level 6 area was closed after 7 a.m. 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 affected by the closure.

Officials have not said what the suspicious item is or why it led to the closure.

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

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