A Passenger at LGA Reportedly Triggered a 'Lockdown' After Fleeing TSA Checkpoint
Terminal C of New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA) reportedly went into "lockdown" on Wednesday after a traveler bolted away from the security line after Transportation Security Administration agents wanted a second look at his bag.
Officials told CBS 2 New York that after the passenger's bag was selected for a secondary hand-screening by TSA officers, the man instead grabbed his bag and ran off, sending LGA's Terminal C into a brief "lockdown."
A spokesperson for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, told TPG that two passengers left the security line and there was a hold at the checkpoint for about 10 minutes. The situation had minimal impact on operations, the spokesperson said.
“TSA is aware of a minor incident at LaGuardia Airport," an agency spokesperson told TPG via email. "The issue was quickly resolved and at no time was there a threat to the traveling public."
It is still not clear who the person(s) were that left the security line or why.
The airport tweeted around 5:30pm Wednesday that normal operations had resumed in Terminal C "following a minor incident at a checkpoint."
While the airport, TSA and Port Authority declined to confirm the airport truly went into a "lockdown," pictures from inside LGA show some lines at the terminal's security checkpoint and passengers were tweeting that the terminal was on lockdown.
At this time, there's no information if the traveler(s) were eventually found.