Frankfurt airport evacuated over security concerns

REUTERS
BERLIN
Published 31.08.2016 11:52
Updated 31.08.2016 13:11
Thousands of people stream out of Terminal 1 after the evacuation announcement at the Frankfurt airport in Frankfurt on the Main, Germany, 31 August 2016 (EPA Photo)
Thousands of people stream out of Terminal 1 after the evacuation announcement at the Frankfurt airport in Frankfurt on the Main, Germany, 31 August 2016 (EPA Photo)

Frankfurt airport's Terminal 1 departure hall was evacuated on Wednesday after a passenger got into the departure gate area without completing the security check, possibly by mistake, the airport's operator and police said.

All passengers had been cleared from the departure hall and would have to go through security checks again, a spokeswoman for Fraport said.

A police spokesman said it was unclear whether the person, who has not been found, had intentionally breached the security check and whether the person was carrying any forbidden items.

"The main aim of the evacuation is to ensure that the terminal is secure," the spokesman said.

The Fraport spokeswoman said the breach at Europe's fourth largest airport would lead to flight delays at the hub, airline Lufthansa's main base.

In a similar incident, a Spanish man was arrested at Cologne-Bonn airport in May after breaching security, leading to flight delays.

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