Last updated: 10:31 AM ET, Tue May 31 2016

Lost Passenger Causes Delays, Evacuation at German Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 31, 2016

Lost Passenger Causes Delays, Evacuation at German Airport

PHOTO: A lost passenger entering a restricted area caused a security incident at Cologne Bonn Airport, pictured. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

On Monday, a man allegedly entered a restricted area at Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany without security clearance, causing flight delays and evacuations.

According to, the male suspect was arrested after he walked through an exit and into a restricted area meant for arriving passengers with only hand luggage without going through the proper security clearances.

In a follow up, is reporting the suspect was actually a 62-year-old Spanish tourist who got lost in the airport and went the wrong way in an attempt to catch his flight. Around 2,500 passengers in total were impacted by the miscommunication.

The incident took place at Cologne Bonn Airport’s Terminal 1 at around 11 a.m. local time.

After evacuating the facility, the German airport’s Terminal 1 was closed for 2.5 hours as authorities brought in police dogs to determine if there were any explosive devices or dangerous materials left behind by the suspect.

In total, five flights were impacted by the incident, but Terminal 2 at Cologne Bonn Airport remained open during the ordeal and was not affected.


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