CHARLOTTE, N.C. Airport officials still have not said what the fear of security was around Monday morning at Charlotte Douglas International.
The airport tweeted at 6 am that all Transportation Security Administration checkpoints closed due to a security inspection. Five minutes later, the airport tweeted an update with the remark that the checkpoints were open again. Channel 9 reporter Mark Barber was at the airport all day, learning a little more about what happened.
Passengers told him that agents were looking for a man with a bag, but TSA officials did not answer Channel 9's requests.
Traveling Joy Williams said when she had passed the security checkpoint, she saw agents looking for someone.
"After we walked through TSA, we heard they were looking for a white man with a bag in the '40s or' 50s," Williams said. "It was pretty scary, it was a lot of people, yes, it was pretty intense." Channel 9 attempted to call the TSA, but was directed to a voicemail message stating that they could not answer calls due to an error
American Airlines said the man was at the center of security anxiety in Concourse E. been booked for a flight.
Travelers forced to wait in massive queues during the flight Agents looked for the man and told Channel 9 that they would like to wait when they learned why the checkpoints were closed.
"I'm in a much better mood and waiting in one good mood now where I know why. I'd rather wait than not make it, "said traveler Ann Eyrich. "It calms your mind, you do your job."
When the man was caught, the travelers said that all checkpoints were reopened.
At that time, hundreds of travelers were packed into rows in the area of ticket sales until the crowd stretched from one side of the building to the other.
Confused travelers stuck in the crowd said they were still terrified Checkpoint Shutdown
"I'm a bit nervous now, but I have to do it now go. It's work, it's my job, "said Eyrich.
Passengers said the time of the incident was the most overwhelming point, with the closure of the government over, and travelers said they were not worried about the TSA
American Airlines reported that they all got stuck in the crowd and their flights arrived on time.
The airline said the only exceptions were the passengers who would be on the same flight at Concourse A as the man In the center of London, there was a fear of security.
>> Channel 9 continues to team up with the TSA to find out if there was a security threat at the airport, and updates at 5 pm tonight
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