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Airport security breach forces hundreds to be re-screened

Aug 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

Passengers wait at Auckland domestic airport after a security breach delays planes.

DOUBLE SCREENING: More than 500 passengers wait to go through security a second time.

A SECURITY breach at Auckland Airport on Sunday morning meant more than 500 passengers were delayed and rescreened by security.

The source of the breach was a passenger trying to re-enter a secure area through the arrivals door.

The aviation security service duty sergeant attended immediately and located the passenger in less than three minutes.

The walkway to the gate lounge was evacuated and fully searched, along with two aircrafts.

Mike Richards from the Civil Aviation Authority says about 514 passengers were affected with flights delayed 15 to 30 mins.

He says they are sympathetic to the passengers who were inconvenienced but the safety risk of the passenger potentially leaving a dangerous or prohibited item in a secure area was their priority.

“We had to make sure there was no risk. There was absolutely no way we could compromise on aviation safety. “

There has only been one other similar reported incident in March this year.

“Given the number of passengers that come through the domestic terminal at Auckland Airport each year this is comforting,” says Mr Richards.

DELAYED: Passengers wait as flights are delayed as a result of a security breach.

DELAYED: Passengers wait as flights are slightly delayed as a result of a security breach.

Police were involved, speaking with the passenger and assisting aviation security with crowd control.

It is understood the passenger left an item on the aircraft and was trying to collect it.

The man was cautioned and allowed to make a connecting flight.

Mr Richards says the situation was part of a debrief with the airport and Air New Zealand about measures they will implement to ensure a breach does not happen again.

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