Police responded to a food court in Terminal 2 of San Francisco International Airport, and the area was cleared after an "unattended item" was found.
The airport wrote in a tweet at 12:53 p.m. Sunday that the Terminal 2 food court and "D gate" areas were cleared "out of abundance of caution" but didn't give further information on the incident.
A Twitter user named Leo Rezaei wrote that he was set to fly to Los Angeles but told that all flights had been grounded.
So overall I’m hearing these:— Leo Rezaei (@theLionary) May 21, 2023
1) Unattended item - verified by @flySFO
2) Person/family jumped over TSA checkpoint - unverified
3 My Delta flight back to LAX still shows on time departure but TSA confirmed all flights are grounded for security reasons. Advised not to go…
A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department said that officers responded to Terminal 2 at approximately 11:30 a.m. regarding a suspicious package, subsequently investigating the incident and evacuating the area.
The spokesperson followed up at approximately 2:30 p.m. and said the area was deemed safe and being reopened. The airport posted an update on Twitter indicating that the issue had been resolved.
UPDATE: Issue is resolved. Employees are starting to return to post security. Passengers should be cleared shortly.— San Francisco International Airport (SFO) ✈️ (@flySFO) May 21, 2023
San Francisco airport officials did not respond to requests for additional comment by publication time.
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