‘Suspicious package’ triggers security sweep on plane at Chicago O'Hare Airport

A passenger walks through O'Hare International Airport © Scott Olson
Chicago authorities responded to a report that a suspicious package had been found on a plane at O’Hare International Airport. They performed a security check of the aircraft. However, the “package” in question turned out to be trash, firefighters said.

Firefighters were called to O’Hare at about 7:10pm, according to the Chicago Fire Department, following a report of a suspicious package aboard a plane.

According to fire department spokesman Jeff Lyle, as of 7:55pm crews had still been at the scene examining the package, The Chicago Tribune reported.

Approximately 140 passengers were evacuated from the aircraft at 7:31pm.

The investigation was “completed” after thorough inspection showed that the “suspicious package turned out to be trash.”