Man arrested after Detroit airport security breach
In this photo made Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, a passenger walks past a Delta Airlines 747 aircraft in McNamara Terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — A portion of a terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport was evacuated Monday after a man without a boarding pass walked through a passenger screening checkpoint and refused to obey security officers, officials said.
The man failed to stop about 7:45 a.m. at the McNamara Terminal, the Transportation Security Administration said. He was arrested by airport police, who used a stun gun to subdue him, airport spokesman Mike Conway said.
"The Transportation Security Administration asked him to stop and he didn't comply," Conway said.
The man was questioned and was being held Monday pending possible charges, Conway said. The FBI also was looking into the security breach, said FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold, but she couldn't release details.
It wasn't clear why the man was at the airport, Conway said.
TSA workers activated an alarm and called police, who drew their guns while trying to get the man to stop and surrender, Conway said. Security doors were lowered at the portion of the terminal between the security checkpoint and terminal concourse, and people in that area were evacuated, Conway said.
Security screening resumed about an hour later, officials said.
The man's vehicle was located at the airport in suburban Detroit, and was searched and towed, Conway said. Dogs were used to search the portion of the terminal that was evacuated, but nothing was found, he said.
People evacuated from the terminal were screened again, forcing hundreds to be screened twice or wait to get to flights. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., which is the primary carrier at the terminal, reported minimal flight delays.
The breach comes as airlines and airports have boosted security after a Nigerian man allegedly tried to ignite a bomb on a Christmas Day flight to Detroit from Amsterdam. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is charged with attempting to blow up the plane that had nearly 300 passengers and crew aboard.