Airports have become busier than ever before as more people are looking to travel. Lines are longer than ever, leaving some people to get creative in their approach at the airport.
The San Diego International Airport had to evacuate and ground planes after a man bypassed a luggage security screening. He just had somewhere else he needed to be.
The breach happened in Terminal 2 at around 12:25 p.m. when the man went through the airport’s baggage screening process but chose not to wait for additional screening from the Transportation Security Administration. A TSA officer identified that his bag required additional inspection.
After the man took off, TSA officers began searching for the traveler and were unable to spot him right away. As a result, officials evacuate Terminal 2 West and East in order to search the area.
“Law enforcement canines and TSA are currently conducting a sweep of the terminal. Once that is complete, TSA will begin rescreening all travelers once the terminal is clear of any potential security threats,” TSA officials said.
The Federal Aviation Administration also grounded all flights departing from the terminal while the TSA conducted its search. At that point, they were still unable to find the man.
Around 2:35 p.m., travelers were allowed back inside the terminal and all grounded flights resumed. It was estimated by officials that around 5,000 to 7,000 people needed to be re-screened.
Several airlines fly out of Terminal 2 including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines and others.