Federal police closed part of the Melbourne airport terminal and ordered passengers to leave the plane ready for takeoff after an apparent security breach.
A Qantas passenger allegedly entered a security gate without being screened Tuesday morning, prompting other passengers to evacuate the area before being screened again.
During the investigation, the airline apologized to customers.
“The passenger appears to have inadvertently crossed from an uncontrolled area into Melbourne Airport,” a Qantas spokesman said.
“As a precautionary measure, all Qantas operations have been suspended and passengers are being re-screened in the terminal, causing delays to some services this morning.
“Safety is our number one priority, but we are aware that this disruption is causing some inconvenience to our passengers and we apologize for this. We are investigating how this incident happened.”
In a Twitter message about 7.30am, Melbourne Airport officials said passenger screening at T1 had resumed, although delays were expected.
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