July 4, 2006

Dublin evacuates airport due to bomb scare

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Dublin airport evacuated staff and
passengers from its main terminal building on Tuesday after a
man walked into the arrivals hall saying he had a bomb.

"There has been an evacuation of the landside areas of the
airport building due to a bomb scare," Dublin Airport Authority
spokesman Vincent Wall said.

Police and an army bomb disposal unit were sent to the
airport and traffic diverted away from the area.

"It seems a man walked into the arrivals hall and said he
had a device in a bag but obviously no one has checked what's
in the bag yet," Defense Forces spokesman Sean O Fatharta said.

The man was arrested, police said, but gave no further

An airport spokeswoman said flights were landing at the
airport but there was no access to the terminal building.
Flights out of the airport were not expected to resume before 4
p.m. (11:00 a.m. EDT).

Dublin International Airport, north of the capital, is
Ireland's busiest airport. More than 18 million passengers
passed through it last year.