L.A. airport terminal evacuated during search for woman
August 6, 1998
Web posted at: 10:50 p.m. EDT (0250 GMT)
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- A busy terminal at Los Angeles
International Airport was evacuated Thursday morning after a
women carrying what appeared to be a weapon in her carry-on
bag slipped away from police.
Airport spokesman Scott Read told CNN that a screening agent
at a security checkpoint identified a possible gun in the bag
of a female passenger, who was accompanied by a child. Before
she could be stopped, the woman picked up the bag and ran.
After the security breach, more than 3,500 people were
evacuated from the terminal, which is used by Southwest, US
Airways and America West. Three planes had to be deboarded
and the passengers rescreened. In all, about 35 flights were
affected by the incident.
The woman apparently went home during the evacuation, left
the gun there and returned to the airport, where she was
detained after police officers recognized her from
surveillance videotapes, said airport spokeswoman Nancy