‘Possible security incident’ prompts Winnipeg airport evacuation

CTV Winnipeg


Published Sunday, June 17, 2018 7:21AM CST


Last Updated Sunday, June 17, 2018 11:25AM CST

The Winnipeg Airport is being evacuated due to a possible security incident Sunday, the Winnipeg Airports Authority says.

Spokesperson Tyler MacAfee said out of an abundance of caution the call was made to evacuate the airport.

He said the incident took place around 7 a.m.

He said everyone inside the terminal was evacuated and a police canine unit is on scene.

He said people travelling today should check in with their travel agent or the Winnipeg Airports Authority for flight information.

Anyone at the airport should please follow instructions from any announcements, he said.

Last year, the airport was evacuated twice.

In the summer, a piece of equipment set off an alarm which required people to leave.

Another time, an attended bag prompted the concern.

At 8:20 a.m., MacAfee said the evacuation is now ending and employees are starting to re-enter the building.

Manitoba RCMP said an abandoned bag located around 7:00 a.m was deemed suspicious.

“The airport was then evacuated. Shortly after 8:00 am, it was determined that the bag did not pose any threat and people were allowed back inside,” said a spokesperson in an email to CTV News.

Winnipeg police say they were on scene assisting with traffic and pedestrian control during the evacuation.

They say the RCMP is in charge of the inside of the airport and Winnipeg police look after the outside of the airport.

The WAA said 17 flights were delayed.

“As of 11 a.m. things are basically back to normal,” MacAfee told CTV News.





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