Man breaches BWI checkpoint, causing delays

November 09, 1998|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

An unidentified man breached a security checkpoint at Baltimore-Washington International Airport about 6 p.m. yesterday, forcing the closing of a concourse that serves at least eight commercial airlines.

All passengers, flight crews and airport personnel in Pier C, which serves Southwest, Northwest, Continental, American and four other airlines, were evacuated from the area after a man set off one metal detector and failed to go through another, said Lori A. Vidil, spokeswoman for Maryland Transportation Authority Police at the airport.

A police dog unit searched the pier, including several planes at the gates, but did not find suspicious packages or the man.

"Everything turned up negative when they did the sweep so that's good news," said Karen Black, spokeswoman for the Maryland Aviation Administration, which owns and operates BWI.

The closing caused long lines at the checkpoint, which was reopened shortly before 7: 30 p.m., and flight delays. A Southwest Airlines ticket agent said a flight bound for Manchester, N.H., was delayed more than 2 1/2 hours. At Northwest Airlines, a ticket agent said a flight to Detroit was held up for more than two hours.

Pub Date: 11/09/98

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