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Woman in wheelchair sets off S.F. airport security scare

February 24, 2012 |  5:01 pm

Photo: San Francisco International Airport. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

San Francisco International Airport was slowly getting back to normal after a bomb scare briefly shut down the Delta Air Lines terminal Friday.

The threat turned out to be an oxygen tank that a woman in a wheelchair had placed in her carry-on baggage. Security noticed the object and set off the alert, according to KGO-TV.

What made the situation suspicious was that the woman couldn't answer the screener's questions about what was in the bag because she said she wasn't the one who packed it. "That triggered a red flag and they did what they were supposed to do," San Francisco Police Deputy Chief David Shinn told the station.

In its Twitter feed, the airport said Boarding Area C, which serves Delta and Frontier Airlines flights,  was evacuated and closed because of a suspicious package at the security checkpoint. Authorities also closed the upper-level roadway at the airport.

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Photo: San Francisco International Airport. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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