Mel­bourne Air­port evac­u­ated af­ter se­cu­rity breach

SP's MAI - - INTERNAL SECURITY -

Re­cently a se­cu­rity breach at Mel­bourne Air­port forced hun­dreds of pas­sen­gers to evac­u­ate the Qan­tas and Jet­star ter­mi­nal, caus­ing de­lays on sev­eral flights. The scare was sparked by a per­son mis­tak­enly en­ter­ing the ter­mi­nal through an exit with­out go­ing through a se­cu­rity check, Qan­tas spokesman Tom Wood­ward said.

Wood­ward said the en­tire Qan­tas and Jet­star ter­mi­nal had to be emp­tied as a re­sult, with emer­gency evac­u­a­tions be­gin­ning about 7.15 p.m. When the ter­mi­nal re­opened about 8.30 p.m., pas­sen­gers who had been screened by se­cu­rity had to be sent through for a sec­ond time. Flights from the ter­mi­nal re­sumed about 9 p.m. “The whole process took about an hour and a half,” Wood­ward said. “Five do­mes­tic flights were de­layed by about an hour.”

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