An unattended bag prompted the brief partial evacuation of two Los Angeles International Airport terminals, snarling traffic Friday morning, officials said.
Around 7 a.m., Airport Police responded to Terminal 2 to check out the “potentially suspicious item” as the terminal’s ticketing level and part of Terminal 1 were evacuated amid the busy Fourth of July travel holiday.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s bomb squad responded and declared the bag safe around 8 a.m., kickstarting efforts to get travelers back on their way.
The terminal’s brief closure resulted in traffic outside the airport being temporarily closed on the upper departures level. Travelers were told to use the arrivals level.
Traffic was seen moving bumper-to-bumper outside the airport, even after the suspicious item was cleared.
“Airport Police and operations personnel are working hard to get everyone moving again in the central terminal area. We are deploying additional resources to help people get moving,” LAX officials tweeted.
Delta Air Lines, which is located in Terminal 2, issued the following statement addressing potential delays.
“Our LAX team is working hard to keep our customers moving after a security issue prompted local officials to temporarily clear Terminal 2 this morning. Our terminals are open and our teams are working with customers in line to get checked-in and through security to their flights,” the statement read. “We are holding flight departures wherever possible to get our customers where they need to go.”
No further details about the incident were immediately available.