There is no question that security at the Juan Santamaria (San José) international airport is heightened in advance of the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday.

And it is for that reason that on Wednesday night airport security alerted the airport police unit, Vigilancia Aérea, of an abandoned vehicle in the airport’s parking lot.

According to Oldemar Madrigal, director of Vigilancia Aérea, the vehicle that generated the alert had been left near the Sana terminal, west of the main terminal.

After a close inspection, including the use of the K-9 unit, police ruled out any trace of flammable or explosive substances. “This is normal procedures we use in airport terminal whenever a situation of this kind. Same with abandoned luggage inside the airport and in emergency rooms,” said Madrigal.

Madrigal added that they are now investigating if the vehicle is owned by someone working at the airport or a travelling passenger.


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