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Noxious fumes cause temporary shutdown at MoBay Airport

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2015 | 3:53 PMAdrian Frater, News Editor
Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay.

Activities at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay came to a temporary halt shortly after midday today when airport workers, arriving and departing passengers were asked to vacate the building to facilitate investigation of the source of noxious fumes.

“We have been experiencing the smell for quite some time but today was easily the worst day,” a source at the airport told The Gleaner.  “We actually started vacating the building without authorisation because the smell had gotten really bad.”

A team from the airport maintenance department reportedly carried out an investigation and while there was no report as to the source of the fumes, the scent gradually disappeared, allowing for a return to normal operations.

“The scent is all but gone at this time so we restored normal duties shortly after 1 p.m.” the airport source said.  “Things are back to normal in both the arrival and departure areas.”

Efforts to get a comment from the management of the airport were unsuccessful as they were said to be in a meeting.