Day mistaken rifle report causes lockdown at Calgary airport on busy travel

Day mistaken rifle report causes lockdown at Calgary airport on busy travel

Travellers reach the Calgary Airport in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, May 10, 2018. Elements of the Calgary AIRPORT TERMINAL were locked down on the busiest pre-Christmas travel day due to a gun scare that ended up being unfounded. Jeff McIntosh / THE CANADIAN PRESS



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CALGARY — The Calgary AIRPORT TERMINAL handled bogus threats and a false gun report using one of the year’busiest travel days s.

Calgary Airport Authority spokesman Reid Fiest says the airport received threats, but police determined there is no risk to passengers or employees.

Police say officers were called to research a written report of a rifle also.

But police say there is no gun also it was likely only a drum as a band was there at that time.

Parts of the international terminal were locked down temporarily, afternoon operations were resuming but Fiest says by late.

The airport said in a release earlier this week that Thursday will be the busiest pre-Christmas travel day having an expected 49,000 people passing through.

“There have been some impacts to passengers in the terminal. There have been some impacts to passengers who have been on incoming flights and we apologize for all those delays and thank everyone because of their patience,” said Fiest.

“Our key message is that safety always must be our priority in precisely what we do and we were just ensuring individuals were safe today.”

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