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Security breach forces short closure of airport screening area

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Travellers at the James Richardson International Airport were not allowed to go through the passenger security screening area for a short period of time this morning.

A security breach occurred which was investigated by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), which is responsible for passenger screening at the airport. The passenger security area was closed for about 30 minutes while the investigation was conducted, but operations returned to normal shortly afterward.

CATSA spokesman Mathieu Larocque said a passenger at the screening point had one of his bags flagged for extra screening and left the screening area before the search was completed. Operations were halted until the passenger was located and brought back to the screening area so the search could be completed.

There were no threats on the bag and both the bag and the passenger were cleared through security.

Christine Payne, the WAA director of communications and public affairs, confirmed a security breach had occurred.

"Whenever there is a security breach that CATSA is investigating, they do shut down central screening while they are undertaking that review and they won't screen any passengers as they are working through their protocols," she said.

"Passenger screening was shut down while they looked at their security videos and those sorts of things. We returned to normal operations after they did their formal process."

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