Lost Grannies Spark Airport Security Scare



Three elderly passengers sparked a security scare at Sydney airport Thursday when they inadvertently wandered through a wrong door, causing long delays for hundreds of domestic passengers.
Australian flag carrier Qantas briefly shut down operations at part of its domestic terminal when the alarm was raised after the three people walked through an exit door and entered a secure area without undergoing screening.

"We've found one of them and we're identifying the remaining two," a Qantas spokesman said. No more details about the three elderly people were available.

Qantas was investigating how the travelers had managed to go through the wrong door past a guard, despite heightened security at the airport since the October 12 bombings in Bali and the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Four flights were canceled but operations had resumed and Qantas staff were working to clear a backlog of flights and hundreds of delayed passengers.

"Things are fairly busy," the spokesman said.

A spokesman for Sydney Airports Corporation said international services into and out of Australia's largest airport had not been affected.