Charlotte airport cleared after security breach

Credit: Jeremy Charette via Twitter, @jcharette

Police and TSA requested that all persons seated or standing just outside the security screening area freeze in place and not move. Happened at approximately 11:30 AM, lasted about 15 minutes until they cleared everyone one to move. No explanation was given.

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 3:54 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- TSA officials briefly halted all security checkpoints at Charlotte-Douglas Airport after a security breach Thursday morning.

Officials said a person got passed a security checkpoint at Terminal A without being fully screened.

Witnesses tell NBC Charlotte the passenger became disgruntled when he was pulled aside for extra screening and then continued to walk into the airport as they searched his bag.

All checkpoint operations were temporarily halted as TSA investigated, according to an airport official. 

After approximately six minutes, the checkpoints re-opened and normal operations resumed. There was deemed to be no threat to the airport.

TSA released the following statement Thursday afternoon:

At approximately 10:30 a.m., an individual left a security checkpoint at Charlotte Douglas International Airport prior to the completion of the screening process. Checkpoint operations were temporarily halted as TSA investigated. A subsequent review of the X-ray image of the individual’s carry-on bag indicated there were no prohibited items inside. After approximately six minutes, TSA checkpoints were re-opened and normal operations resumed.

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