Breach prompts Detroit Metro Airport terminal lockdown

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit Metro Airport's McNamara Terminal was locked down Wednesday night after a visitor breached a closed checkpoint, officials said.

The person went through the exit lane of a closed passenger screening checkpoint about 9:50 p.m., ignoring a security guard's warning to stop, said Michael Conway, an airport spokesman.

After being identified through security footage, the man was found and taken into airport police custody, Conway said. He likely faces a checkpoint ordinance violation.

Parts of the terminal were locked down for nearly an hour as Transportation Security Administration officials and airport police "checked areas the gentleman had been," determining if the areas were safe, Conway said.

The terminal was fully cleared shortly before 11 p.m., he said. The lockdown delayed about 10 flights, Conway said.

"This time of night, there's not a lot of activity," he said.