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Wayward passenger causes security scare at LAX.

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About 20 United Airlines flights were delayed at Los Angeles International Airport on 28 February after a man bypassed a security checkpoint.

The man apparently left the security area via an emergency exit, sparking a security alert that resulted in three of United Airlines' terminals being evacuated for almost three hours. Some 1,800 travellers were apparently affected by the incident.

A 22-year-old man was arrested for trespassing when he reached his departure gate and was later released on bail. Though the man has not made any comments, his father told The Associated Press: 'He took a wrong turn in the airport. It's a misunderstanding that got way out of hand. I think someone out there really overreacted.'

A United Airlines spokesperson stated that the man had apparently asked at an airline counter for directions to his departure gate and was told that he must go through the security checkpoint. The man bypassed the checkpoint however and used an elevator in a secure area to reach the departure gate. Airport police have said that he was unarmed.

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