People are grounded and flights are delayed as a security incident is underway at the Regina airport.
The airport tweeted that it was taking precautions due to a security incident around 11 a.m. Monday.
Regina International Airport CEO Dick Graham explained that, around 10 a.m., a passenger going through security screening was discovered to have had a “suspicious” item in his or her carry-on luggage.
The item, although not a banned item, posed a “real concern” to safety.
The passenger is now with Regina police, who were on scene doing traffic control.
The emergency procedure meant that flights were stopped, including flights to Calgary and Toronto that were scheduled for about an hour later.
Passengers were moved to the arrivals area, as the rest of the airport was off limits.
Peggy Boon was upstairs having coffee while waiting for her flight home to Vancouver when everyone was corralled to the bottom of the elevator, then even further away.
“There’s just a whole lot of people here and everybody’s just kind of waiting patiently and hoping this gets resolved as soon as possible so we can be on our merry way,” she said.
“People are just kind of quiet. There’s just a lot of people standing around on phones, at the kiosks.”
We are experiencing a security incident & taking precautions. All passengers have been relocated to arrivals area. Updates to be provided.
— Regina Airport (@FlyYQR) December 12, 2016
More information to come.