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Airport Evacuated in Security Breakdown

November 25, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Passengers were forced to evacuate concourses at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for three hours after a broken metal detector was discovered at a security checkpoint.

Flights were delayed as passengers were rechecked, airport spokesman Bob Parker said.

Hundreds of people gathered in the main terminal after all four concourses and both satellite terminals were evacuated about 9 a.m. All were reopened by noon. Security people with bomb-sniffing dogs checked the concourses.

It wasn't known how many people crossed through the checkpoint operated by Alaska Airlines before the malfunction was detected.

Parker said he did not know whether passengers already on jets were ordered to return for additional screening.

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