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Security checkpoints at Copenhagen airport closed for hours today

Hundreds of people waiting to be allowed into the airport security checkpoint in Copenhagen today.(Noah Haynes/YJI)

Copenhagen, DENMARK – This afternoon police put the security area of Copenhagen Kastrup Airport into lockdown due to a suspicious object in the security checkpoint.

For two and a half hours, departing passengers could not pass through the security checkpoint starting about 1:30 p.m. Danish time, according to a statement from the airport.

The beginning of the exclusion zone, guarded by a police officer. (Noah Haynes/YJI)

Lise Agerley Kürstein, a spokeswoman for the airport, said police were informed after a “suspicious object” was found at the security checkpoint. They closed three security lanes and soon after closed the area.

The airport is the primary international airport serving Denmark and the south of Sweden. The lockdown was not complete – passengers who were not in the security area were not restricted.

Arriving passengers appeared to be still coming through arrivals though all of the transit zone was closed for entry.

Police could be seen pushing about a dozen bags out of the airport on a luggage cart typically used by passengers. They gave no information about the bags.

Police deployed their dog units and inspected bags and people in the arrivals halls.

Departing passengers filled the arrivals hall land-side.

People waiting to enter the Scandinavian Airlines fast track lane. (Noah Haynes/YJI)

The police released the lockdown about 4 p.m. with an X post from the airport.

Police dog unit loading equipment and dogs back in the van. (Noah Haynes/YJI)

There was a heavy presence of both police and airport security during the lockdown and then Passenger Service and Scandinavian Airlines took over.

After the barriers were lifted, people were allowed to filter slowly into the security lanes to be allowed into the transit zone.

Danish television station TV2 reported that at 5 p.m., there was about a 17-minute wait in the lines at airport security.

Copenhagen Airport recommends passengers who have missed their flights to contact their airline and issued an apology for the inconvenience caused by the closure.

Noah Haynes is a Reporter with Youth Journalism International.

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