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Providence airport temporarily shut down by security breach

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A passenger passed through security without completing the screening process
  • Officers identified the passenger and took the passenger into custody
  • Other passengers had to be re-screened as a secruity precaution
  • Air Travel

(CNN) -- Normal operations have resumed at the airport that services Providence, Rhode Island, after a security breach Friday morning, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman said.

Greg Soule said at approximately 6 a.m., a passenger passed through a security checkpoint without completing the screening process at the Theodore Francis Green Memorial State Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island.

TSA and law enforcement officers were able to identify the passenger, who local law enforcement took into custody, Soule said.

He added that as a precautionary measure, passengers who had already passed through security were taken back outside the controlled area and re-screened.

CNN's Mike Ahlers contributed to this report