Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mixup Leads To Major Travel Delays At Sea-Tac

A security breach at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport last night caused some major disruptions for travelers. The Associated Press reports that a passenger entered a secure area through an exit lane Tuesday night, prompting authorities to clear several concourses until the man was located.


Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says 1,000 to 1,500 passengers in the C and D concourses and central terminal had to be rescreened later through security checkpoints.

Port of Seattle police and Transportation Security Administration officials found the passenger at about 9 p.m. He was questioned and released. Cooper says the issue was a misunderstanding, "not anything of a security concern to passengers."

After the man was cleared, passengers began the rescreening process. Cooper says the checkpoint backup was cleared by about 10:30 p.m. He says airlines typically try to accommodate passengers caught in such a delay.



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