Man Distracted By iPad Accidentally Walks Past Security, Causes Airport-Wide Evacuation
An Australian man caused an airport evacuation when he became so enthralled with his iPad that he walked right past security.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the unnamed man had just gotten off a flight Saturday morning but, instead of joining the massive security line, he proceeded to walk into a far less-crowded exit pathway at Sydney Airport.
Security workers saw the mistake on CCTV cameras and evacuated the entire terminal.
A statement from the Australian airline Qantas confirmed that the man only walked past the security screening because he wasn’t looking straight ahead.
A spokeswoman said,
The man disembarked a flight and left. It appears he wasn’t paying attention, was looking at his iPad, forgot something and walked back past (the security area).
All of the evacuated passengers who had been screened had to go through the process a second time.
Flights were only delayed for about an hour, but the Sydney Morning Herald notes that this could have ruined the day of anyone traveling to Melbourne for a championship Australian football match that took place that afternoon.
The man was screened before leaving the airport without trouble.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) September 27, 2014
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