Winnipeg Airport Security Breach Causes Flight Delays
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A security breach at Winnipeg, Manitoba’s Richardson International Airport caused business as usual to grind to a halt, Global News reported.
Around 2 p.m. local time Saturday, passengers already cleared by security were told to vacate the holding area.
“There are police everywhere and they are searching through the garbages now,” flyer Niigaan Sinclair told Global News.
An airport spokesperson told the news network the breach was in the departures hall, where passengers wait to board flights.
“It’s unfortunate for all the passengers,” said Breanne Talbot, of the Winnipeg Airports Authority. “It is an inconvenience.”
She estimates about 400 people will go through the re-screening process, which will take about an hour.
Talbot said security did a full sweep of the departures area to make sure it was safe.
But the delay left plenty of travelers worried about making their flight. “I think everyone is quite nervous for connecting flights,” Sinclair said. “For me I am flying to Ottawa and we for sure are going to miss that flight now.”
At least seven flights were delayed as a result of the breach.
The airport tweeted as the situation unfolded, “There's been a security breach in the holdroom. For safety reasons, we have to re-screen passengers. Your patience is appreciated.”
As re-screenings progressed, they tweeted, “We're anticipating some flight delays this afternoon. Please check with your carrier or at ?waa.ca for flight status info."
With security done sweeping the holdroom, the airport announced, “Flights are now resuming. Thank you for patience.”
No further details have been made available from official sources about the nature of the breach, but flyer/eyewitness David Zinger tweeted, “airport arrival flight went through wrong door.”
There's been a security breach in the holdroom. For safety reasons, we have to re-screen passengers. Your patience is appreciated.— Winnipeg Airport (@YWGairport) May 30, 2015
We're anticipating some flight delays this afternoon. Please check with your carrier or at http://t.co/2Ov8J8MV5i for flight status info.— Winnipeg Airport (@YWGairport) May 30, 2015
Flights are now resuming. Thank you for patience.— Winnipeg Airport (@YWGairport) May 30, 2015
# Winnipeg # airport arrival flight went through wrong door— David Zinger (@davidzinger) May 30, 2015
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