Frankfurt Airport reopened after evacuation

Lamar Ellis
August 8, 2018

Security breaches have caused similar disruptions in the busy summer vacation period when personnel are stretched and less experienced travellers are on the go.

Police had to evacuate part of a terminal at Germany's busiest airport after a security official mistakenly allowed a French family that hadn't completed required security checks into a secure area.

The family was located, questioned and allowed to continue on its journey, the police added.

The alert was resolved shortly after 2.30pm local time and the airport resumed operating as normal.

Staff uses a megaphone as people wait due to the evacuation of Frankfurt airport, Germany August 7, 2018.

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At 1230 GMT, the police said on Twitter that affected areas had been re-opened, allowing passengers as well as airport and airline employees to return.

Parts of Frankfurt airport were evacuated for several hours on Tuesday, following a security scare involving a French family, federal police said.

Around 1,500 flights were set to take off or land at Frankfurt airport on Tuesday. Lufthansa was prompted to create a new flight plan because of the incident.

In late July police cleared two terminals at Munich Airport which led to 330 flight cancellations and at least £800,000 in lost revenue after a woman passed through the security area without being stopped.

It isn't immediately clear how many people were affected, but photos from the terminal show hundreds of people heading for the exits.

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