Security breach delayed numerous flights in Los Angeles

08:09, April 09, 2010      

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Airline passengers wait outside terminals at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday, April 8, 2010, in Los Angeles after several terminals were closed due to a security breach. The breach that delayed about 15 morning flights was resolved after authorities found a man who didn't undergo proper security screening. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

A security breach delayed at least 14 flights at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) early Thursday as three terminals were shut down while authorities looked for a man who didn't undergo proper screening amid the stepped up security in the wake of a bomb scare aboard a Washington D.C.-Denver flight, airport authorities said.

The affected areas were Terminals 5, 6 and 7 which were shut down around 5:30 am (1230 GMT) after a male passenger failed to go through a secondary screening, LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said.

Terminal 5 reopened at 6:30 am, she said. Screening resumed at all three terminals later but a long line of passengers was still visible outside.

These terminals house Delta, Continental and United airlines services which reported a total of 14 departure delays as a result of the temporary closures.

The man, who was pulled aside for the second screening, grabbed his carry-on bag and went on through at Terminal 7 around 5 am, officials said. About two hours later, the man had been found and rescreened without incident.

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