Security breach forces re-screening at YYJ

All passengers at Victoria International Airport had to be re-screened and the departure lounge evacuated due to a security breach Saturday morning.

An aerosol sunscreen can, which is a prohibited item in carry-on baggage, managed to get through security at about 9:25 a.m., CHEK News reported.

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“The item had gone through, set off an alarm and at that point security people check the tapes and the records but unfortunately between that time, the passenger managed to retrieve their luggage and had left,” Rod Hunchak, Victoria Airport Authority Director of Business Development and Community Relations, told CHEK News.

Airport staff were initially unable to determine which passenger the item belonged to and decided to re-screen all passengers. Surveillance footage showed that the sunscreen belonged to a man who had already boarded a WestJet flight that was about to depart.

Officials were able to locate the man and the aerosol can.

The breach caused multiple flights to be delayed. Operations returned to normal at about 12:30 p.m.

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