updated 10/22/2007 5:50:34 PM ET 2007-10-22T21:50:34

The ticketing and screening areas at Washington's busiest airport were evacuated for more than an hour Monday after a suspicious bag was found in the main terminal, airport officials said.

The upper level of Dulles International Airport was evacuated shortly after 3 p.m. while guards examined the piece of luggage, said Courtney Prebich, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. People were allowed back inside about an hour later, after a bomb squad determined the bag was safe.

Departure delays were expected to continue into the evening, Prebich said.

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