Man in black detained before LAX airport panic

2016-08-29 20:50
Reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused panicked evacuations at Los Angeles International Airport (AP)

Reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused panicked evacuations at Los Angeles International Airport (AP)

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Los Angeles - Los Angeles airport officials say a false report of gunshots that sent panicked travellers fleeing came right after officers with guns drawn detained a man dressed in black and possibly carrying a sword.

The sword was plastic, but soon after, hundreds of passengers raced onto streets or the tarmac, causing major flight delays that the airport was still recovering from on Monday morning.

Video shows at least six officers confronting the man, who is dressed as fictional crime fighter Zorro, outside Terminal 7 around 20:40 on Sunday.

Airport police say false reports of an active shooter quickly spread, and passengers in five terminals evacuated or pushed through security checkpoints.

Airport spokesperson Nancy Castles said about 280 flights were delayed and at least 27 flights were diverted to other airports.

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