(BERLIN) -- German authorities have confirmed Friday that a suspect package that was to be loaded onto a German-bound flight was just a security test. The packages caused a security scare that made headlines worldwide.
Authorities say the suspicious suitcase -- which was found at a luggage screening point in a Namibian airport before it was loaded onto an Air Berlin flight bound for Munich -- was a so-called "real test" suitcase. No explosives were found and at no time was there any danger to passengers.
After the suitcase's discovery on Wednesday, all passengers and luggage were removed from the plane as a precautionary measure. Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office on Thursday said a scan of the suitcase revealed batteries attached by wires to a fuse and a clock.
Germany is already on the highest state of alert after intelligence received warnings of possible terrorist attacks. The country has increased security at transportation hubs, like airports and train stations.
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