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Bay Area airports unaffected by explosion that halts travel near U.S.-Canada border

Travelers haul their luggage on a crosswalk outside an airport terminal.
Travelers walk toward the San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday. Many are leaving town before the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. | Source: Gina Castro/The Standard

San Francisco Bay Area airports say they remain unaffected by a fatal car explosion Wednesday at the U.S.-Canada border near Niagara Falls. 

The blast, which killed two people and wounded another, happened at a checkpoint between New York and Ontario, Canada, according to the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. And though additional details were not released as of Wednesday evening, officials said there was no immediate indication the incident was a terrorist attack.

While flights continued normally, travelers at Buffalo Niagara International Airport were told to allow extra time for vehicle inspections and added screenings. Additionally, international flights arriving and departing from Buffalo Niagara International Airport were briefly halted.

Locally in the San Francisco Bay Area, however, officials said airport operations have not been affected.

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) officials told KRON Wednesday afternoon there have been no changes in security protocol but that the airport has been in contact with the federal government on potential adjustments.

Officials at San Jose Mineta International Airport (SJC) said the same about the South Bay airport. 

“There have been no impacts,” an SJC spokesperson added. “Operations are running smoothly at the airport.”

According to Roberto Bernardo, an Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Port of Oakland spokesperson, the explosion has not affected service out of the East Bay.

“The incident at the U.S.-Canada border has had no impact on Oakland International Airport flights and operations,” he affirmed to The Standard.

The Standard has reached out to SFO for comment.

Joel Umanzor can be reached at jumanzor@sfstandard.com

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