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Passenger wanders off, causing brief security scare at LAX

Los Angeles International Airport authorities say the temporary suspension of passenger screening at a  terminal Wednesday morning was caused by a passenger who wandered off while one of her items was being checked.

The delay caused some passengers to fear a security incident.

Security officials at Terminal 7 had questions regarding the woman’s medication and wanted to check it, said LAX spokesman Albert Rodriguez. The woman apparently thought the medication had been confiscated and left the screening area, he said.

Officials shut down screening for 20 minutes while they searched terminals 6 and 7 for the woman and returned her property, he said. No flights were affected.

-- Alexandra Zavis

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I really wouldn't put this as 'wandered off' like the problem was the passenger's idiocy. When the TSA grabs all your stuff and can arbitrarily decide if hand cream is allowed in your purse, is it any wonder that the woman thought, "oh well, moving on" and went to catch her flight? The onus is on the TSA to have SOME set of clear and uniform rules and means of communication.

How can people just wander off...They have enough personnel at those sites, but they're totally mismanaged...

If the TSA decides a person is of interest, they should have a plan in place to detain that person regardless if he/she attempts to wanter off or run either in or out of the security location...

i totally agree with Anthrodiva. security at the airports is completely ridiculous and they keep changing the rules. i have seen these overzealous morins confiscate a bottle from a baby. think about that. the goerge bush political thinktank really did a number on this country by purposefully frightening people for political gain.

Where was TSA? They normally watch you like a hawk. The passenger has responsibility for her carryons. The time used to track the passenger could have affected even more security. They were very lucky this time.


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