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.READ MORE: East Bay Homebuyers Pay $200-400K Over Asking As Home Prices Soar To Record Levels
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.READ MORE: Piedmont School District Apologizes for Offering 'White Student Support Group' After Chauvin Verdict
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.MORE NEWS: Miles Hall Shooting: No Charges Against Walnut Creek Police Officers In 2019 Killing
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