BWI's Pier B shut for 2 hours because of security breach

July 01, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

LINTHICUM - Authorities shut down the busy Southwest Airlines pier at Baltimore-Washington International Airport for two hours Saturday after a man entered the pier by going around the security checkpoint, a BWI spokeswoman said.

The man was stopped by police about 12:15 p.m. while trying to enter Pier B. He told police he had gone through security once but had stepped back out to smoke, airport spokeswoman Lyn Farrow said yesterday. Farrow said he went about 80 feet into the pier before he was stopped by police.

The pier was evacuated and police dogs were sent in. Nothing was found, and it reopened at 2 p.m. One passenger said her flight was delayed 90 minutes.

The man who caused the disruption was questioned and released, Farrow said. She said his name was not released because he was not charged.

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