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Passenger Leaves Security Checkpoint Without Bag, Prompting 3 LAX Terminals to Shut Down

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For at least the second time this year, security checkpoints at LAX have been shut down after a passenger left security screening too early. "At approximately 5:05 a.m. PDT, TSA closed the security checkpoints at Los Angeles International Airport's Terminals 6 and 7 after a passenger left the checkpoint before a carry-on bag was properly screened," explained Suzanne Trevino, a TSA spokesperson. The passenger was eventually found, questioned, rescreened and allowed to continue to his flight. Checkpoints were reopend at 6:48 p.m.

An LAX statement said approximately 14 departure flights between 6 am and 7 am were delayed at Terminals 5, 6 and 7. Because the three terminals are connected via an underground tunnel used by the public to avoid terminal transfers without rescreening, they were too affected by the security closure.

Last night, security was beefed up after an incident on a United Airlines plane bound for Denver. A man who tried to sneak a smoke joked to an air marshall about lighting his shoes on fire.