SAN JOSE (BCN) — A San Jose Mineta International Airport terminal was locked down for more than two hours Thursday night when a woman waiting for a flight left the secure area and tried to re-enter without going through the screening checkpoint, a San Jose police officer said.

The 22-year-old woman was arrested around 8:30 p.m. after she left Terminal B during a layover and tried to return through the exit, Officer Jose Garcia said.

The woman started out in Dallas but had arrived in San Jose on a flight from Phoenix. She was waiting to catch another plane to Orange County when she somehow left the secure area, Garcia said.

She tried to return through the exit and was detained by Transportation Security Administration officials.

The woman said she had a ticket and a flight to catch, but officials wouldn’t let her return, Garcia said.

The terminal immediately went into lockdown mode, and everybody had to clear the area while officials searched for possible weapons, Garcia said.

The sweep was finished around 11 p.m., and everyone was allowed back inside.

San Jose police cited the woman for misdemeanor trespassing under a law that addresses people who violate security checkpoints at airports, Garcia said.

The TSA is not taking any additional action against her, he said.

One flight that was destined for San Diego was cancelled as a result of the lockdown, Garcia said.

(© 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bay City News contributed to this report.)

Comments (5)
  1. Brian says:

    Overkill for a women who wanted to catch a last minute cigarette.

  2. Andrea says:

    Effing ridiculous!

    1. Greg Wolf says:

      But it makes me feel so safe

  3. Van says:

    Silly TSA procedure!

  4. heidelja says:

    Such is life in a paranoid “free” country!!

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