Lindbergh terminal closed after suspicious passenger goes missing


BySusanShroder
UNION-TRIBUNEBREAKINGNEWSTEAM

3:55p.m.May31,2008

SANDIEGO–LindberghField'sTerminal2wasshutdownformorethantwohoursSaturdayafterawould-bepassengerleftascreeningareawhenauthoritieswantedtoconductahandinspectionofabag,aspokeswomanfortheTransportationSecurityAdministrationsaid.Theincidentbeganabout10:30a.m.,andtheterminalwasreopenedabout12:40p.m.,saidTSAspokeswomanCarrieHarman.


AdvertisementPassengerswhohadalreadybeenscreenedhadtoleavethesecuredarea,andpassengersononeflightweredeplanedandrescreenedwhenasweepoftheterminalbyTSAofficers,caninesandSanDiegopolicewascompleted.Harmansaidshedidnotknowhowmanyflightsorpassengerswereaffected.
ThesuspectbaghadbeenthroughtheinitialX-rayscreening,butTSAofficerswantedtodoahandsearchofthebag.
“Thepassengerleftthecheckpointbeforewewereabletodothat,sothatpromptedustoshutdowntheterminal,”shesaid.
Askedifthepersonranfromthecheckpoint,Harmansaid,“therewasnoindicationthatsomeoneranaway.”However,thepersonwasnotlocated,shesaid.
HarmansaidshecouldnotdisclosewhatwasseenintheX-rayscreeningthatpromptedacallforthebagtobesearchedbyhand.Shesaidshedidnotimmediatelyknowifthewould-bepassengerwasamanorawoman.
HarmansaidtherealsowasanincidentatLindbergh'sTerminal1onSaturdaywhenafemalepassengerwhohadalreadybeenthroughinitialinspectioninadvertentlyleftbeforecompletingasecondaryscreening.Screeningwassuspendedatonesecuritycheckpointfrom10:41a.m.to11:07a.m.untilthewomanandhertravelingcompanionswererelocatedandrescreened,Harmansaid.
ThesuspensioncausedaUnitedflighttobedelayedfromleavingbyaboutnineminutes,shesaid.
AtTerminal2,KatyHardman,13,saidshewasonaflightthathadlandedbutthatsheandotherpassengersweretoldtheycouldnotgetofftheplane.ShewasonAmericanAirlinesFlightNo.387fromSt.LouistoSanDiego.Shesaidtheysatonthetarmacforabout90minutes.
“Theyhadn'tbeentoldanythingexcepttherewasadelay,andtheycouldnotgettotheterminalforabit,”saidherfather,DaveHardmanofIndianapolis.
KatyHardmansaidshecouldseepoliceofficerswithdogsoutsidetheplane.
TrinaAbbottofSanDiegowasattheairportwithherhusbandanddaughterwaitingtopickupKaty.
Shesaidtheyweretoldtostandbehindthesecuritycheckpointsbutwerenevertoldwhy.Abbottsaidshedidnotthinktheincidentwashandledverywell.
“Itwassoridiculous.Theyweren'ttellinganybodyanything,”shesaid.“Nobodyknewanything.”


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