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Man Flees Security at Ohio Airport

June 19, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A man fled airport security before his bag could be searched, forcing officials to close a concourse and delay about 12 planes while they looked for him.

Operations at Port Columbus International Airport resumed when the man was found on a plane on the ground about 15 minutes later Thursday, but flight delays lasted about 90 minutes, spokesman David Whitaker said.

No one was allowed in the ``B″ concourse _ one of three at the airport _ for about an hour while authorities conducted a search.

Douglas Miller, 51, of Houston, was charged with inducing panic and held in the Franklin County Jail. A $31,000 bond was set today, and another hearing was scheduled for July 2.

At about 11 a.m., the man passed through a metal detector and put his bag in an X-ray machine. Security guards could not identify an item and asked to search the bag. But the man grabbed the bag and ran into the concourse, Whitaker said.

Miller’s lawyer said today that his client had been through security once, but missed an earlier flight. He left the concourse to get a ticket for another flight and was upset he had to go through security again, attorney Terry Sherman said.

Sherman said Miller thought security agents were too slow and was worried he would miss another flight leaving in 15 minutes.

He was found on his United Airlines flight, which had not yet taken off on its flight to Chicago. It was not clear whether that was his final destination.

Gary Armstrong, of Worthington, was seated nearby and said there appeared to be ``nothing odd″ about the man officers escorted off the plane. ``He was very accommodating,″ Armstrong said.

Airport police found nothing suspicious in the carry-on bag. It wasn’t immediately clear which item could not be identified by the X-ray.

When the concourse was reopened, the people inside had to go back through security.

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