A man detained in ‘security incident’ at Orlando International Airport causes massive panic
Orlando Police say a man attempted to enter the west TSA checkpoint area for gates 1-59 at MCO around noon. WKMG 6 and WFTV 9 confirmed with airport officials that the man is in custody after attempting to breach the checkpoint.
Twitter users said a man with a gun was tackled by police and bystanders before being detained, but Orlando Police later confirmed there was no gun.
“In regards to the incident at the Orlando International Airport @MCO, all reports on an active shooter or a subject with a gun are FALSE,” the police department tweeted. “Incident is contained and subject has been arrested.”
At 12:12 pm, a male attempted to enter the west checkpoint area of the airport. While attempting to arrest the subject, he reached into his pocket. Unknown persons at the screening area yelled the subject had a gun, which caused panic in the screening area.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) February 16, 2019
Airport officials also confirmed that “no shots have been fired.”
This man was very near the TSA screening machines, in line, when he began acting extremely erratically, and two loud pops were heard. Everyone began to stampede and run from the screening area, into the secure area, and back out of line toward the exits.
— Zachary Jaydon (@ZacharyJaydon) February 16, 2019
Orlando International Airport officials say screening has since resumed at gates 1-59, as well as shuttle service between the terminal and air sides.
Update: Screening has resumed at the West Checkpoint (gates 1-59). APM shuttle service has resumed between the terminal and the airsides. Thank you for your patience and delays continue as we work toward resume normal operations.
— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) February 16, 2019
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