A Passenger at LGA Reportedly Triggered a ‘Lockdown’ After Fleeing TSA Checkpoint
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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.
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At this time, there’s no information if the traveler(s) were eventually found.
Featured image by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.
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