April 27, 2006

Brussels airport terminal evacuated in security alert

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A terminal at Brussels' Zaventem
international airport has been evacuated after a passenger ran
off during a routine security check, officials said on

"The evacuation has been completed. They are now doing a
complete sweep," an airport spokesman said.

The A terminal, where the incident took place, handles
flights to destinations in countries covered by the Schengen
agreement which allows control-free border crossings.

Departures were facing long delays and passengers aboard
aircraft awaiting take-off had disembarked, the spokesman said.

The other B terminal was not affected and flights there
were continuing to take off and land, he said.

The spokesman could not say whether police had found the
passenger who had caused the alarm.

An airline official said the alert was called at about 7

Police and airport security were assessing the situation.
"We hope to reopen terminal A soon," a police spokesman said.

But the airport spokesman said the terminal was unlikely to
be fully operational until midday.