Security breach delayed numerous flights in Los Angeles (2)

08:13, 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)

The incident came hours after the airport has already beefed up security in the wake of a bomb scare on a United Airlines flight flying from Washington D.C. to Denver of Colorado involving a Qatari diplomat overnight.

According to officials, around 200 passengers stood in line outside the three affected terminals waiting to be screened while authorities searched for the man. Passengers who had already been screened were allowed to pass through.

Police officers at LAX have increased patrols in the terminals and along the facility's perimeter following the United Airlines bomb scare involving a passenger who was identified as 27-year-old Qatari midlevel diplomat Mohammed al Madidi, who was posted at Qatar embassy in Washington.

"In light of a reported incident on board a United Airlines flight enroute to Denver Airport from Washington D.C, Los Angeles Airport Police has raised its security profile and visibility," Police Chief George Centeno said in a statement released after the bomb scare.

"Heightened uniformed traffic and terminal foot beats, as well as, perimeter patrols have been deployed. Los Angeles Airport Police also have additional security measures in place that are considered security sensitive," he said.

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