False report of gunfire causes panic at major U.S. airport

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

Hundreds of passengers fled into the streets or the tarmac, resulting in major delays that were still being worked out Monday afternoon.

Mobile phone footage taken by passengers captured the terror, including the arrest of the man dressed as Zorro.

Police received multiple 911 calls about shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, but no evidence so far of gunman or injuries.


At least two terminals were "self-evacuated" and security personnel were checking them for anything suspicious, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez of the LAX police.

Latest tweets say police officers saying they can not find any significant incident.

US airport security officials have been on heightened alert in recent months following deadly attacks at global airports in Belgium and Turkey.


Los Angeles Airport was evacuated Sunday night after reports of gunfire, which like an earlier incident at New York JFK two weeks ago, proved to be a false alarm.

The Los Angeles scare created a mess, with three terminals shut down, roads closed and flights held in the air and on the ground, but no one was hurt. Two flights were canceled, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. He followed the man outside to snap a photo. There were real police officers yelling, real panic, and real tears. Macon said he was fairly certain the whole time that it was a case of mass hysteria. She said terminals would reopen to passengers once they were deemed safe. But massive backup faced travelers in their cars and in security lines.

"We were on the jetway, and someone starts pushing behind us", Jon Landis, a sales representative from Boston who was boarding a flight home, told The Associated Press. “One man was frantic saying there was a shooter.”.


Video feeds from the airport had shown dozens of people gathered on a tarmac and outside terminals at one of the nation's busiest airports.

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