Man Flees LA International Airport Screening Station

Police searched LA International for a man who fled after being asked to remove his jacket at a detection station


LOS ANGELES -- Police briefly searched part of Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday evening for a man who fled a security screening station, officials said.

The man was preparing to go through the metal detector at Terminal 2 around 5:10 p.m. when he grabbed his carry-on bag and fled after being asked to remove his jacket, said Gaby Pacheco, an airport spokeswoman.

Airport police believed the man ran into a parking structure directly across from the terminal, she said. The terminal serves Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, Allegro Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic, among others.

Police called off the search about an hour later, said Tom Winfrey, airport spokesman.

"He was only being sought for questioning, he hadn't committed any crimes," Winfrey said. "His odd behavior attracted attention, that's all."

Pacheco said airport operations were not affected during the search.