Power Outage At Reagan Airport: Flights Halted, Security Elevated
The power outage at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. has caused flights to be halted and security stepped up on Monday, as airport security found itself unable to screen passengers. No check-ins were being carried out during the one-hour power outage as no security equipment could be operated without power. The outage began around 12:30 PM local time in Terminal C area, but was not fixed until around 1:27 PM.
Planes could still land thanks to the backup generator that kept the air control tower supplied with power. However, the recent heightened security measures throughout the United States caused airport security to halt all flight operations until all passengers could be screened. The passengers that passed the security screening before the power went out stayed in the lounge waiting areas, while the passengers just entering security zones were denied entry until the power came back. Such strict security measures are being undertaken in the wake of a security breach at Newark Airport near New York City on Sunday that caused a major security scare when a man crossed into the secure zone without being checked. The man could not be tracked down, causing all passengers at the terminal to be re-screened.