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February 23, 2002
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Two Philadelphia Airport Terminals Evacuated After Security Breach

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman walked through an unstaffed security lane at Philadelphia International Airport on Friday night, prompting airport officials to evacuate two terminals as a precaution, an airport spokesman said.

The woman, who managed to get on a US Airways flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico, was in custody Friday night, airport spokesman Mark Pesce said. Her name was not immediately released.

The woman walked through the unstaffed lane in Terminal C at about 6:30 p.m. Security officials looked at surveillance tapes and saw that only terminals B and C were involved, so both were evacuated as a precaution, Pesce said.

About 2,000 people had to pass through the security gates a second time, Pesce said, and the terminals were reopened within two hours. No cancellations were reported, but some flights were delayed 30 to 45 minutes, he said.

The woman was taken off the aircraft along with the other passengers and the plane was checked by Philadelphia police with a canine unit. The woman was being questioned by police and federal transportion security officials, Pesce said.

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