Person at Munich airport detained after bypassing security

People wait outside the Munich Airport in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, after some of its terminals were closed because a person has likely entered the "clean area" through an emergency exit door. The international airport tweeted Tuesday morning that terminal 2 and areas B and C of terminal 1 had been closed for police operations.(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Police at Munich airport detained a person who left a terminal via an emergency exit instead of going through passport control, prompting a partial shutdown of one of Germany's busiest airports Tuesday

BERLIN — Police at Munich airport detained a passenger who left a terminal via an emergency exit instead of going through passport control, prompting a temporary partial shutdown of one of Germany's busiest airports Tuesday.

Up to 5,000 passengers were affected by the disruption as federal police searched for the unnamed passenger, Munich Airport spokesman Robert Wilhelm said.

Terminal 1 and parts of Terminal 2 were closed during the police operation. They were re-opened a few hours later.

Several flights were delayed and the affected passengers, who had already been through security checks for their departing flights, had to go through the process again, Wilhelm said.

Munich airport is one of Germany's busiest aviation hubs and the shutdown came during peak summer travel season.

Wilhelm said the passenger arrived on a flight from outside the European Union and was due to transfer at Munich airport. Before boarding the connecting flight the passenger had to go through security controls, but instead unlocked an emergency door and left through it despite setting off an alarm. It was not immediately clear from which country the person had arrived.

Last summer, some 330 flights were canceled in Munich when a woman entered a "clean area" of the airport without going through security checks, German news agency dpa reported.

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