SFO delays after man with ammunition comes through security

Three security checkpoints at the San Francisco International Airport were closed Saturday morning after a passenger did it through screening with ammunition in his bag, an airport official said.

The passenger had accidentally left a loaded magazine in his luggage, and went through the checkpoint a little before 7 o'clock, said airport watch officer Bob Rotiski.

The scare closed the two passenger security checks at terminal 3 – the main United Airlines terminal at SFO – as well as one control point in the international terminal, for about 45 minutes said rotiski It delayed 14 departures in United flights and eight arrivals, he said.

He said he didn't know how the man came through the checkpoint, but that security officers discovered he should have been stopped and shut off when they searched for him.

KTVU reported Saturday that the security staff flagged the bag for screening, but withdrew the wrong bag from the line, but it could not be immediately confirmed.

The man was found in the terminal; He was quoted for the magazine and released, Rotiski said. The man had apparently gone to a shooter on Friday and forgot to remove the magazine from his bag.

It took security personnel about an hour to work through passengers at checkpoints, Rotiski said, but there are no residual delays in screenings.

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