Here is what happened when security was breached at OAK
Man Bolted Past Security
KGO By Leslie Brinkley
Jan. 5 - KGO - Oakland International Airport is slowly getting back to normal after a security breach triggered chaos inside and outside the airport.
The Alameda County Sheriff's Department tells ABC7 News that this could be the tale of a confused traveler. They say that a man bolted past security at an exit around 11 o'clock this morning and that resulted in full scale chaos.
Rosemary Barnes, Oakland Airport Spokesperson: "At approximately 11:00 a.m. today at Oakland International Airport, we had a security breach in Terminal 2. "
A man in his 30s approached a security guard where passengers exit to the baggage claim area from Southwest Airline flights.
J.D. Nelson, Alameda County Sheriff's Dept.: "The person asked, 'Where is carousel four?' which is located in Terminal 1. The person then went back up through the exit, the way that he had come out."
Airport security and sheriff's deputies launched an extensive search of all the planes on the ground and all the gates. By noon, when a suspect was not found, both terminals were evacuated, with passengers herded into the parking lots in front of the airport. Roads were blocked and all incoming airport traffic was stopped, creating gridlock for miles.
Rosemary Barnes: "Between noon, when the evacuation began, and one o'clock, there was a full search conducted of our sterile areas which includes all of our boarding gate areas, our restrooms, back behind security, our concessions areas."
The airport was declared secure and re-opened, but the elusive suspect was never found.
As passengers re-entered check-in lines and traffic flow resumed, passengers say it took an hour-and-a-half to make it through security.
Airlines held flights so there were no cancellations, but a dozen flights were delayed.
Passenger: "At least I don't have to make connections. A lot of these people are making connections and that's going to be tough."
Although some passengers might have gotten a little impatient, those we spoke with were all compliant and glad that security measures were in place, even if it took a full scale evacuation.
In the end though, they never caught the guy that started all the chaos.
Here is what happened at SNA
after a security breach:
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP
) Ã¢â‚¬â€ Both terminals at John Wayne Airport were temporarily evacuated Sunday evening and passengers were taken off airplanes after a female passenger made it past a security checkpoint without being screened, authorities said.
Hundreds of travelers Ã¢â‚¬â€ even those aboard airplanes Ã¢â‚¬â€ were required to undergo a second security check, said Nico Melendez of the Transportation Security Administration.
Six outgoing flights were delayed as passengers were re-screened and put back on the planes, Melendez said. Authorities did not provide details Sunday night about who slipped past security or how she managed to do so.
An alarm sounded shortly after 5:30 p.m. and Orange County Sheriff's deputies and airport security began evacuating the terminals. Lines snaked out the doors as travelers lined up again in front of checkpoints.
Passengers erupted in cheers when the checkpoints reopened for screening at 7:20 p.m, said Orange County Sheriff's Lt. Hayward Miller. Many passengers missed their flights and were forced to rebook on later flights.
Many sat on their suitcases or on the ground, fanning themselves to cool off in the sweltering airport as they waited to be re-screened.
Robin Lavengood, 43, was one of hundreds of passengers waiting to begin re-screening. He had just walked in the door of the airport when the evacuation began.
He was trying to get on a 7 p.m. flight to Portland. "I don't think it's gonna happen now," he said, surveying the throng of people.
The airport, 35 miles south of Los Angeles, served more than 9.6 million passengers last year and hosts flights from Southwest, Delta, United and American, among others.
Here is what happend at a security beach at the Delta terminal at JFK
A security breach delayed 48 flights and thousands of passengers last night for several hours at the Delta Air Lines terminals at Kennedy International Airport, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
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The incident began about 6:40 p.m. when a man bypassed security screening by entering through a passenger exit lane, eluding a guard. Security agents searched in vain for the man for more than an hour, then ordered all passengers and employees out of terminals No. 1 and 2. After the police and security officers searched the buildings, everyone who wanted to re-enter was required to pass through security.
Investigators determined that the man, whose name was not released, had boarded a flight to Albany; he was taken into custody upon landing. The man had no weapons and posed no terrorist risk, the authorities said. Why and how he evaded the security check was under investigation.
Some people at Kennedy Airport were still delayed as of 11 p.m.
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