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Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2007 9:53 am | Updated: 5:39 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

LOS ANGELES - A US Airways jet heading from Los Angeles to Philadelphia was diverted to Las Vegas on Tuesday to be searched after reports of a security breach at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

Flight 1422, with 153 people aboard, landed at McCarran International Airport about 8:30 a.m.

The Airbus A320 was parked in a secure area away from terminals to await a search by authorities, said Chris Jones, a spokesman for the airport.

A call to US Airways seeking comment was not immediately returned.

The diversion occurred after a man was stopped at an LAX security screening checkpoint for carrying a "suspicious item," said Nico Melendez of the federal Transportation Security Administration.

The man was stopped at Terminal One shortly after 5:30 a.m. and the item was seized, he said.

He did not identify the item, but the Los Angeles police bomb squad was called in as a precaution, officials said.

The man was detained for questioning, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Terminal One houses US Airways, America West and Southwest Airlines.

No Southwest flights were affected, spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger said from Dallas.

The terminal remained open and no takeoffs or landings were disrupted, airport officials said.

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