July 30, 2014

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UPDATE: Cleveland Hopkins airport evacuated amid screening glitch

CLEVELAND — Technicians are checking a bag screening machine blamed for an evacuation and delays at Cleveland’s main airport.

Cleveland Hopkins airport spokeswoman Jackie Mayo said the entire airport was cleared around 5:30 this morning when screeners at a checkpoint realized the machine was giving them a static image, not an accurate look at the contents of carry-on bags.

Mayo said the 45-minute evacuation was undertaken as a precaution so a security sweep could be done. Passengers and their bags were then allowed back in to be rescreened.

The rescreening backlog ended about 7:30 a.m. today. Mayo said a few flights were still experiencing minor delays 90 minutes later.

She said a Transportation Security Administration technical team was dispatched to check on the problem. A message seeking comment was left at TSA headquarters.