Los Angeles Airport Evacuated, Flights Delayed

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 21, 2016 Updated: December 21, 2016

Three terminals at the Los Angeles International Airport were briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning after incidents involving unattended bags, officials said.

Meanwhile, passengers are being warned of delays out of LAX, The Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times reported.

Airport spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado says the first involved a suspicious article found Wednesday morning in a baggage-screening room in Terminal 6. She says it has been cleared. Alvarado says the Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad is investigating two unattended bags. One is under an outdoor bridge in Terminal 7 and the other is in a men’s restroom in Terminal 5, AP reported.

Patch.com, however, reported at 10:50 a.m. local time that passengers were allowed back into LAX following the evacuation.

Flight delays at Terminal 6 are said to be particularly severe, the report said.

“People should definitely check with their airlines especially if they are on an airline that is flying out of Terminal 6,” LAX spokeswoman Mary Grady told Patch.com.

Airlines reporting delays are American, Alaska, Delta, and Virgin America, she added.

The suspicious bags at the terminals were cleared, she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.