Cleveland airport terminal, planes evacuated after screening glitch
All four concourses of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport had to be evacuated and searched Friday.
April 8th, 2011
01:47 PM ET

Cleveland airport terminal, planes evacuated after screening glitch

A malfunctioning carry-on baggage X-ray machine forced security officials to take passengers off planes and evacuate the terminal during the Friday morning rush at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio, the Transportation Security Administration confirmed.

TSA officers could not determine who had been properly screened and who had not, so all passengers and carry-ons were removed from planes and the terminal for re-screening, airport spokeswoman Jackie Mayo told CNN affiliate WOIO.

“Literally a dump of the terminal,” she told CNN affiliate WEWS.

Officers and a bomb-sniffing dog checked all four concourses of the terminal while passengers waited outside in the rain, WEWS reported. The terminal reopened less than 45 minutes after the problem was discovered, Mayo said.

The action was taken "out of an abundance of caution," a TSA statement said.

“That 4:30 to 6, 7 o’clock in the morning is a really busy time,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of people in here who are taking those early-morning flights, those weekend warriors who are going home. So it was a little bit of an inconvenience, but as a precautionary measure it’s what we do, and what airports across the country do. It’s all about security, which is our highest priority.”

The schedule had returned to normal by late morning.

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  1. American Idiot

    I'm sure Jesse Ventura and his ilk will read more into this.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    Oh, it's only Cleveland. (never mind)

    April 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad5013

      Duh, it's only Philip. Never mind . . .

      April 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Judy

    The reublicians are holding the our wonderful country hostage just as they did with the unemployed several months ago in order to keep the wealthy wealthier through not paying their fair share of taxes. This is the GOPs SOP. Their actions and inactions tell me that they have no compassion for the people only for their pocketbooks. And I resent the GOP saying they are speaking for all the American people. I am an American born, raised and educated here and am very proud of it; but now, for the first time, in my 64 yrs., I am ashamed of whats happening on our capital hill.They DO NOT speak for me as I see clearly through their smoke and mirrors as so many others do !
    If this were on a high school level, it would be considered bullying or at least strong-arming the Amertican people.
    This is just a peak of all the "Just say no"s that headed to the Dems no matter what it means for the country.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I guess Dems can't spell American either...

      May 7, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Miguel

    Just checked my DFAS account. I am active duty in the Navy. It looks like I am only getting have a paycheck. please post or say over the tv.....Have military members check their DFAS accounts...

    April 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh my

      "have a paycheck"???

      I guess you only got HALF an education, too.

      April 10, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Fisher1949

    More of the now famous TSA incompetence on display. This on the same day that other outlets are reporting that Newark TSA managers admit that security is lax at EWR and that they miss more than than they catch. Not to mention the three screeners they've had arrested in the past two months and the $40,000 they stole from passengers this year. Other than that they're doing good.
    This is just another example of TSA's total indifference to paying passengers who fund their miserable existence. They screw up, again, and who pays the price? The passengers who have already slogged it to the airport at 4:30AM only to be delayed another two hours because these imbeciles can’t do their job, TSA should be disbanded and Pistole and all TSA employees fired for gross incompetence. Return control of airports to FAA who actually knows something about air travel.
    The TSA apologists who support having their wives and children groped by criminals are an proof that the current generation of Americans lack of any sense of courage and the intelligence to think for themselves. Truly a pitiful situation in a once proud country.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LadyTigerTexas

    Absolutely ridiculous!!!! It is a public outrage !!! Let's picket the airports! Defund the TSA NOW!!!! Please please call for a mass protest all over the US!!! and email me at gmail! I'm in! This has gone too far!!! The TSA is an insult to the American people and they need to be stopped!!!! NOW!!!!

    April 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh?

      Any statistics on what they found on the second screening? Other than finding more incompetence, I mean. Disgusting

      May 7, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. ken

    You folks are so ignorant! Did any of you TSA bashers read the first sentence of this article? It was a malfunctioning Xray machine! Lets just blame TSA for everything thats wrong in everyones life.....and everywhere else for that matter...

    April 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JustThat

      Ken, if the x-ray machine was malfunctioning why did they continue to use it? How did they detect it was malfunctioning and when? How did bags gets passed through a "malfunctioning" machine?

      It all means someone was asleep at the switch during the screenings. Would there not have been less of an impact if they caught the issue during the screening, stopped using the machine, and moved everyone on that line to another machine that was working rather than evacuating planes and a terminal?

      Pure, simple, incompetence.

      April 10, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Returnto faa

    the consituition does not mandate a mother theresa military or obsolete third word pope generals unless you change it. The military is not in the savings lives business. Do the math. And obviously the f.a.a. Has a far better record than the theft outbreaks of the t.s.a.. See f.a.a. switzerland and cut the fat.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Returnto faa

    how do the rash of national t.s.a. Thefts and other glitches happen in a land of ultra cameras? F.a.a. Is the proper agency but then maybe these events are allowed to happen for a reason.

    April 9, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. Wimpie

    The fact is: The TSA is unnecessary. The entire security theatre is not needed. The TSA is here because too many scared people demand its atrocities in the name of "safety."

    How "safe" are you, really? These vermin scour through your private belongings and steal. These perverts look at your bodies and then touch you where you do not like.

    If they were kindergarten teachers they would be arrested for the same things.

    The entire "war on terror" is all by design. Look at reality. You can go to the theatre, the mall, a basketball game, walk down the street, enter most private buildings, go into jewelry stores and banks. One can access 99.9999% of the places on earth without EVER having to be groped and scanned and yet, where are all those "terror attacks?"

    A "real terrorist" would have a field day at many of the places mentioned. If their goal is fear and damage, one or two suitcases on a Saturday at the local shopping mall would be more "effective."

    So, those of you who do not have a problem with the scanners and groping, why not demand your local supermarket install those devices because you never know, that person with the cart of groceries may be a suicide bomber.

    April 9, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Fisher1949

    This security charade exists to fund the scanner lobby and provide jobs to otherwise unemployable people. Twelve TSA employees have been arrested or convicted of job related crimes since December. Anyone who trusts an organization with this many criminals is simply ignoring reality. An example:

    6 Year Old Girl groped by New Orleans TSA
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtOMPbooFzU&w=640&h=390]

    This does nothing to improve traveler safety, the child is simply too small to carry enough explosive to bring down an aircraft. A Southwest 737 developed a five gash in the fuselage and landed without incident.

    TSA apologists who support funding this agency and having their wives and children groped by strangers are endangering their families and our liberty. Unless people complain to Congress and the White House, these travesties will not stop.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pootypoo

    If they look hard enough there is probably a bag of Cleveland Steamers in a corner somewhere.

    April 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    I would suggest evacuating Cleveland altogether.

    April 16, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dollie

    I found just what I was needed, and it was eenttraining!

    July 29, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. dwurjypseme

    LAc85l edstqamjlmyz

    July 31, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |