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Passenger wanders off, causing brief security scare at LAX

March 17, 2010 |  7:15 am

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