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LAX flight status boards hacked, telling passengers to exit terminal

April 22, 2013|By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez | This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
  • Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX.
Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles…)

Authorities were searching the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday night for someone who hacked into multiple flight status boards to write: "Emergency Leave the Terminal," law enforcement authorities told The Times.

[Updated, 2:04 a.m. PDT April 23: LAX officials declared the display of an emergency evacuation message on flight status screens Monday night an accident. An airline contract worker with authorized access to the display system accidentally caused the override of screens that normally display flight statuses, according to LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles.]

The rogue message was changed about five minutes after it was noticed about 10 p.m., authorities said. It was unclear whether any passengers had left the terminal.

Multiple travelers reported the message to airport police. The status boards are located in the B aisle area of the terminal.

Additional officers were dispatched to the terminal while LAX officials investigated who was responsible for the hacking.

Earlier this month, an electronic sign near USC was apparently hacked to display inappropriate messages about the Los Angeles Police Department.


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