Passengers Double-Checked at Airport After Woman Breaches Security
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Thousands of passengers were evacuated and rechecked through the Salt Lake International Airport on Monday after a woman grabbed her purse before it was searched and took it through a security checkpoint, officials said.
Guards saw what they thought was marijuana in the purse, Salt Lake Police Lt. Aaron D. Kennard said.
″She grabbed her purse and ran. With that, security was breached,″ Kennard said.
At least 25 flights were delayed more than an hour, and 3,000 passengers and their baggage were run a second time through metal detectors after the morning incident, said Tim Phillips, airport director of operations.
Two women were questioned and one was later booked for investigation of possession of a controlled substance, Kennard said.
Airport operations manager Tim Riley said one of the women had gone through the security checkpoint and her companion was going through when guards noticed an unidentified object and asked the second woman to open the bag.
The second woman then ran onto her plane, where the two apparently switched bags, Riley said.
Because security was breached for two minutes, passengers who already had boarded planes were asked to leave with their carry-on baggage and all planes were searched before passengers were allowed to begin reboarding, Riley said.
Bail was set at $100 for Kathleen Hoover, 24, of Concord, Calif., said Sgt. John Merrick.
Hoover had a Morris Air Charter ticket for Frontier Airlines Flight 7914 bound for San Francisco, Kennard said. Her companion, Vickie Camp, 24, also of Concord, was questioned and released, he said.