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Security Breach Shuts Down Detroit Metro Airport

Locations in this article:  Detroit, MI

Airport seatAnother security breach forced officers to shut down and evacuate the McNamara Terminal at the Detroit Metro Airport this morning.

According to the Transportation Security Administration, a man passed through a security checkpoint shortly before 8 a.m. local time and refused to stop and answer questions from security officers.

So why did the man refuse to stop? Keep reading for more details.

Passengers were evacuated from the area and the terminal was shut down for about an hour. Officers and bomb-sniffing dogs swept the area, finding nothing.

TSA officers originally thought that the man did not respond because of a language barrier, but police say that he did understand English.

The man was not carrying anything suspicious. Officers are currently searching his car and luggage.

After about an hour, passengers were re-screened and allowed to enter the terminal.

The evacuation is the latest example of heightened security measures since Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate a bomb on a Christmas Day flight bound for Detroit. Terminals at JFK airport in New York were evacuated on two separate occasions last month.

By Dan Bence for

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