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Shutdown at O’Hare After Man Bolts

August 26, 1999

CHICAGO (AP) _ A passenger ran past a security checkpoint and disappeared into the crowd at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday, prompting United Airlines to shut down a terminal as authorities searched for him.

United canceled 69 flights and expected delays of several hours on others, said United spokesman Joe Hopkins. The man was not found.

Hundreds of passengers were cleared from the terminal during the three-hour search by police. Chicago Police spokesman Patrick Camden said they did not find the man or any suspicious bags.

Camden said the man had been seen carrying a canvas bag.

The man was leaving a concourse and heading toward the baggage claim area when he turned back and ran up a one-way staircase leading to the concourse, said United spokesman Matthew Triaca. Guards are stationed at the staircase, but the man ran past them.

No United flights left the terminal in the three hours after the incident and only a few landed at other United gates. United expected to resume flights Thursday evening.

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