Security breach at San Jose Airport causes passenger evacuation
A security threat at Mineta San Jose International Airport in the US has led to the evacuation of one of its terminals, causing significant delays to passengers.
The evacuation occurred after employees from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) informed officials about an improperly checked bag that had made its way into Terminal A, reported San Francisco Chronicle.
Approximately 200 passengers were made to evacuate the airport terminal, causing outbound flights to be delayed by two hours.
The Mercury News quoted TSA spokeswoman Carrie Harmon as saying that employees working for an unspecified airline ‘failed to properly secure some checked baggage after it had been screened by the TSA'.
In order to ensure safety, the airport authorities rescreened more than 300 passengers and employees who had entered the terminal, along with their baggage.
The rescreening process was completed by the airport in approximately 20 minutes.
However, six outbound flights were reported to have been delayed by up to two hours, while two arriving flights were delayed by 15 minutes.
The airlines that were affected by the security issue include Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air China, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, Jet Blue, United Airlines and Volaris.